Tench Coxe, 1876

Sept. 8, 2020

Tench Coxe, 1876

Tench Coxe (1755-1824) served as Pennsylvania's delegate to the Continental Congress in 1789 and was appointed as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Alexander Hamilton in 1790.  In 1792 he became the Commissioner of Revenue. 

Type/Rig/Class: Harbor steam vessel

Builder: William T. Malster, Baltimore, Maryland

Length: 71'

Beam: 15'

Draft: 7'

Displacement: 39 tons

Cost: $14,800

Commissioned: 27 October 1876

Decommissioned: 6 September 1893

Disposition: Sold

Powerplant: Vertical, inverted cylinder steam engine; 1 boiler

Performance & Endurance:

Complement: 10

Armament: None


Tench Coxe was a 39-ton harbor steam-powered vessel that was built by William T. Malster, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her contract price was $14,800 and the cutter was to "be delivered at Philadelphia."   She was launched on 7 June 1876 and  arrived at her home port of Philadelphia on 16 September 1876.  On 23 October her first commanding officer, Revenue Captain (Acting) Eric Gabrielson, was ordered to place the cutter in commission and to "ship crew."  Captain Gabrielson placed Tench Coxe in commission on 27 October 1876.

Besides serving in Philadelphia she was also detached for additional duties.  She served on quarantine duty at Lewes, Delaware from 2 August 1884 until being ordered back to Philadelphia on 2 September of that same year.

She was decommissioned on 6 September 1893 and sold.


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).