In action: moving; causing action or change.
USRC Active was the fourth vessel named Active. She was a revenue boat that served on Lake Ontario stationed at Sackets Harbor, NY. She was built there in 1843 and seems to have been in service until 1847. She was under the command of Revenue First Lieutenant William B. Whitehead.
Donald Canney. U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.
U.S. Coast Guard. Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard: 1790 - December 31, 1933. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934; 1989 (reprint).