TYPE/RIG/CLASS: Topsail Schooner
DECOMMISSIONED: Sold, 1833
DISPLACEMENT: 56 tons
LENGTH: 52’ keel
BEAM: 18’ 6"
DRAFT: 5’ 9"
ARMAMENT: 1 pivot gun on carriage
One of two cutters built on naval constructor William Doughty's 51-ton plan of 1815, the other being the Louisiana. Each cost $4,500. The Alabama was stationed at Mobile, Alabama but was temporarily assigned at New Orleans along with her sister cutter Louisiana during the effort to curb piracy. Both cutters captured the pirate vessel Bravo.
The Alabama was also active in the suppression of the slave trade. She was ordered to New York in 1833 but was unable to sail past Key West, Florida and was sold there after 6 August 1833.
Cutter History File, USCG Historian's Office.
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).