Alert, 1877      

April 14, 2020

Alert, 1877          

Vigilantly attentive; watchful.

Builder: Davis Blackburn Company, NY

Length: 40'

Beam: 15' 7"

Draft: 2' 9"

Displacement: 10 tons

Rig: Sloop

Cost: $2,095

Commissioned: 1877

Decommissioned: 1896

Disposition: Sold

Machinery:  None

Performance & Endurance:


Complement: 4

Armament: ?

Cutter History:

Alert was was a small centerboard sloop that entered service in 1877.  Her first commanding officer was Revenue Second Lieutenant W. C. De Hart, who reported aboard on 21 March 1877.  She was assigned to life-saving duty at Tom's River, NJ.  She was ordered to be transferred to Elizabeth City, NC on 6 October 1884 and was decommissioned and sold in 1896.


Cutter History File, Coast Guard Historian's Office, USCG HQ

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).