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United States Revenue Cutter Service
Cutters and Crews

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Revenue Cutter Service

In 1790, Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the Treasury, formed the Revenue Cutter Service to collect  customs duties and tonnage taxes, counter smuggling and favor U.S. goods and ships.

The system of cutters existed under various names, Revenue Service, and Revenue-Marine. The name officially became Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS) in 1863.  The Revenue Cutter Service was combined with other maritime agencies to form the modern U.S. Coast Guard in 1915.

The Coast Guard, through  the Revenue Cutter Service, is the oldest continuous seagoing service and has fought in almost every war since the Constitution became the law of the land in 1789. Following the War of Independence (1776-83), the Continental Navy was disbanded.   From 1790 until 1798, when the U.S. Navy was created, the revenue cutters were the only national maritime service. The Acts establishing the Navy also empowered the President to use the revenue cutters to supplement the fleet when needed. Laws later clarified the relationship between the Coast Guard and the Navy.
 

USRCS Cutters and Crews


USRC Bear

Officers USRC Bear
Capt Mike Healy, seated 2nd left
NARA Photo

USRC Bear

USRC Dexter

USRC Levi Woodbury

USRC Levi Woodbury

USRC Manning
c1898
NARA Photo

USRC McCulloch
NARA Photo

USRC McCulloch
c1900
NARA Photo

USRC Morrill
Navy Yard Norfolk c1898
NARA Photo

USRC Tahoma

USRC Yamacraw

USRC Windom
Houston Ship Channel 1906

USRC Windom
April 1898
NARA Photo

USRC Windom
Galveston

USRC Hudson
Norfolk Navy Yard
1898
NARA Photo


USRC (Unknown)
Key West FL

USRC Grant