Agassiz, 1861

April 13, 2020

Agassiz, 1861

Built: Baltimore, MD

Cost:  Unknown

Rig: Schooner?

Length: 58'

Beam: 20'

Draft: 5'

Displacement: 62 tons

Keel Laid: Unknown

Completed: Unknown

Commissioned: from Coast Survey on 31 May 1861

Decommissioned: Unknown

Disposition: Returned to Coast Survey on 29 December 1865

Complement: Unknown

Armament: 2 12-pdr. Dahlgren rifles

Cutter History:

Agassiz replaced Arago at New York and was then sent to Sag Harbor, NY in late 1861. In 1862 she was at New London, CT and eventually sailed for New Bem, NC joining a revenue cutter "task force'' there the cutters Forward, Brown, and Antietam were also there at various times during the war. Agassiz assisted in repelling a Confederate attack on New Bern 17 March 1863. She returned to New Bedford, MA in 1863 and later sailed to Newport, RI.


Donald Canney. U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935.  Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1995.