U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History

Cutter Losses

The vessels of the U.S. Coast Guard, Revenue Marine, Revenue Cutter Service, & Light House Service lost in action


The Mesquite aground

The CGC Mesquite aground near Keweenaw Point in 
Lake Superior, December, 1989.  She was declared a total loss,
 towed off the shoal, and sunk in the lake as an artificial reef.


Cutter/vessel name (in italics); Date of loss; Description of Loss;

  1. Pickering; September 1800; Lost in a gale (had transferred to USN by this time)

  2. Governor Williams; September, 1806; Lost "at Ocracoke"

  3. Diligence (III); 1806; Lost in a hurricane

  4. Commodore Barry; 3 August 1812; Captured by British

  5. Louisiana; 19 August 1812; Lost in a hurricane at New Orleans

  6. James Madison; 22 August 1812; Captured by British [Madison's officers were paroled in New York on 24 November 1812]

  7. Madison; 24 November 1812; Captured by British

  8. Gallatin; 1 April 1813; Lost as a result of an explosion

  9. Surveyor; 12 June 1813; Captured by British

  10. Eagle; 13 October 1814; Captured by British

  11. Crawford; 27 March 1829; Lost

  12. Sam Patch; December 1830; Lost

  13. Dallas (Vigilant); 21 September 1836; Wrecked on a bar

  14. Vigilant; October 1844; Destroyed by hurricane

  15. Morris; 11 October 1846; Driven ashore in storm

  16. Jefferson (Crawford II); 15 December 1847; Wrecked

  17. C. W. Lawrence; 25 November 1851; Grounded and lost

  18. Alexander Hamilton; 9 December 1853; Lost in a gale

  19. Fairy; September 1854; Ran aground

  20. Eliza; March 1857; Ran aground

  21. William Aiken; 27 December 1860; Seized by the Confederacy

  22. Frying Pan Shoals Lightship; 1861; Seized/Sunk by the Confederacy

  23. Alert; 18 January 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  24. Buchanan; 18 April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  25. Helen; January 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  26. William R. King (or Knight); March 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  27. Washington; 31 January 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  28. Cass: 31 January 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  29. Dodge; 2 March 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  30. North Wind; April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  31. York Spit Lightship; April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  32. Wolf Trap Lightship; April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  33. Windmill Point Lightship; April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  34. Smith's Point Lightship; April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  35. Lower Cedar Point Lightship; April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  36. Upper Cedar Point Lightship; April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  37. Jasper (or Firefly); 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  38. McClelland; 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  39. Bowler's Rock Lightship; 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  40. Harbor Island Lightship; 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  41. Rattlesnake Shoal Lightship; 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  42. Howell Cobb (USLHS); 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  43. Duane 18 April 1861; Seized by the Confederacy

  44. (Howell) Cobb (USRC); 29 December 1861; Driven ashore in storm

  45. Horse Shoe Shoals Lightship 1862; Captured by the Confederacy

  46. Harriet Lane; 1 January 1863; Captured by the Confederacy (had transferred to USN by this time)

  47. Combahee Bank; Lightship 1863; Captured by the Confederacy

  48. Cushing; 27 June 1863; Captured/Burned by the Confederacy

  49. Martha; 16 July 1864; Captured/Burned by the Confederacy

  50. Winslow; 14 October 1864; Wrecked on bar

  51. Vigilant; 7 February 1866; Wrecked

  52. Chaos; August 1866; Ran aground

  53. Flora (Nemaha); 7 February 1868; Burned

  54. Bowen; August 1872; Capsized

  55. Bronx; 4 April 1873; Foundered

  56. Guthrie; 17 November 1873; Grounded in hurricane

  57. Pink; 2 June 1881; Sunk

  58. Narragansett; 21 September 1887; Lost in a hurricane

  59. Ivy; 23 January 1888; Crushed by ice

  60. Gallatin; 6 January 1892; Sunk

  61. LV-37; 24 August 1893; Sunk

  62. Bouquet; 29 August 1893; Wrecked in a storm

  63. LV-58; 11 December 1905; Foundered during tow

  64. Lily; 23 November 1911; Hit snag & sunk

  65. Hartley; 2 April 1914; Sunk

  66. Commodore Perry; 27 July 1910; Lost

  67. Armeria; 20 May 1912; Struck/Sunk

  68. LV-82; Buffalo Station; 13 May 1913; lost during gale; all hands perished (6 crew)

  69. Tahoma; 20 September 1914; Ran aground

  70. McCulloch; 13 June 1917; Collided/Sunk

  71. Mohawk; 1 October 1917; Collided/Sunk

  72. LV-6; 6 February 1918; Sunk by moving ice

  73. LV-71; 6 August 1918; Sunk by U-boat gunfire

  74. Tampa; 26 September 1918; Torpedoed

  75. LV-51; 24 April 1919; Collided/Sunk

  76. Leader; 2 April 1920; Burned

  77. Cossack (AB-3); 9 May 1925; Burned

  78. CG-114; 16 November 1925; Lost at sea

  79. Moccasin; 18 September 1926; Lost in hurricane

  80. CG-247; 18 September 1926; Lost in hurricane

  81. CG-248; 18 September 1926; Lost in hurricane

  82. CG-238; 20 February 1927; Capsized in storm

  83. CG-113; 25 July 1928; Collided/Sunk

  84. CG-188; September 1928; Destroyed by hurricane

  85. Poinsettia; 27 December 1928; Explosion/Fire

  86. CG-111; 7 March 1931; Burned

  87. CG-243; 23 October 1931; Destroyed

  88. CG-256; 12 October 1933; Wrecked

  89. LV-117; 15 May 1934; Collided/Sunk

  90. Alexander Hamilton; 29 January 1942; Torpedoed

  91. Acacia; 12 March 1942; Torpedoed

  92. Muskeget; 9 September 1942; Torpedoed

  93. Natsek; 17 December 1942; Lost (Unknown)

  94. CG-85006; 27 March 1943; Explosion

  95. Escanaba; 13 June 1943; Torpedoed / Mined?

  96. CG-83421; 29 June 1943; Collision

  97. LST-167; [US Coast Guard-manned Navy landing ship]; 24 September 1943; Bombed/Burned

  98. Bodega; 30 September 1943; Ran aground

  99. EM Wilcox; 30 September 1943; Foundered

  100. LST-203: [US Coast Guard-manned Navy landing ship]; September 1943; Stranded on reef

  101. EM Dow; 14 October 1943; Ran aground

  102. USS Leopold; [US Coast Guard-manned Navy destroyer escort]; 9 March 1944; Torpedoed

  103. FS-172 [US Coast Guard-manned Army freighter]; 19 May 1944; Sunk

  104. USS LST-69; [US Coast Guard-manned Navy landing ship]; 21 May 1944; Burned 

  105. LCI(L)-85; [US Coast Guard-manned Navy infantry landing ship] 6 June 1944; Mined

  106. LCI(L)-91; [US Coast Guard-manned Navy infantry landing ship] 6 June 1944; Mined

  107. LCI(L)-92;  [US Coast Guard-manned Navy infantry landing ship]; 6 June 1944; Mined

  108. LCI(L)-93;  [US Coast Guard-manned Navy infantry landing ship]; 6 June 1944; Mined

  109. CG-83415; 21 June 1944; Lost in a storm

  110. CG-83471; 21 June 1944; Lost in a storm

  111. LV-105; 20 July 1944; Collided/Sunk

  112. Bedloe; 14 September 1944; Foundered in a storm

  113. Jackson; 14 September 1944; Foundered in a storm

  114. LV-73; 14 September 1944; Foundered in a storm

  115. USS Serpens [US Coast Guard-manned Navy cargo vessel]; 29 January 1945; Explosion

  116. FS-255 [US Coast Guard-manned Army freighter]; 11 May 1945; Torpedoed

  117. Sheepscot; 6 June 1945; [US Coast Guard-manned Navy tanker]; Ran aground

  118. Magnolia; 25 August 1945; Collided/Sunk

  119. USS PC-590; [US Coast Guard-manned Navy patrol craft]; 9 October 1945; Foundered in a typhoon

  120. CG-83301; 9 October 1945; Foundered in typhoon

  121. FS-406 [US Coast Guard-manned Army freighter]; 9 October Foundered in typhoon

  122. FS-163 [US Coast Guard-manned Army freighter]; 12 October 1945 Foundered in typhoon

  123. FS-41 [US Coast Guard-manned Army freighter]; 9 November 1945 Foundered in typhoon

  124. FS-290 [US Coast Guard-manned Army freighter]; 9 November 1945 Foundered in typhoon

  125. LV-78; 24 June 1960 Collided/Sunk

  126. White Alder; 7 December 1968 Collided/Sunk

  127. Cuyahoga; 20 October 1978 Collided/Sunk

  128. Blackthorn; 28 January 1980 Collided/Sunk

  129. Mesquite; 4 December 1989 Ran Aground/Stranded


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