Coast Guard History
The 38-ton USRC Active served on the Chesapeake for most of its career. The small cutter was purchased in Baltimore, Maryland for $1,300 in August 1816 and worked in New York for a short time in 1817.
In the early nineteenth century, new laws prohibited slave trade between the United States and foreign nations and the enforcement of Neutrality Laws from 1815 to 1823 during troubles with European nations, created new missions for the Revenue Cutter Service. The Active was part of a service’s efforts to suppress slave trade and piracy.
In long need of repairs and replacement, in 1823 Active was blown aground. The vessel was decommissioned sometime in 1825.
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).