Scammel, 1798

Oct. 30, 2020

Scammel, 1798

Scammel was named for Adjutant General of the Continental Army Alexander Scammell (1747-1781) of New Hampshire, a hero of the American Revolution who was killed by the British after being captured.  Interestingly, this is the second cutter to receive the name of a Revolutionary hero but with an incorrect spelling (the General Green, it should be Greene).

Builder: Hackett, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Cost:  Unknown

Length: 58'

Beam: 20'

Draft: 9'

Displacement: 132 tons

Rig: Brig

Keel Laid: Unknown

Launched: 11 August 1798

Commissioned: Unknown

Decommissioned: Unknown

Disposition: Sold, 20 June 1801

Complement: 65-70 men

Armament: 10-14  4-6 pounders

Cutter History:

Scammel joined the West Indies naval squadron combating Revolutionary French privateers late in 1798. She remained in the Navy, assisting the sloop Portsmouth in the capture of the French ship Hussar (20 guns). The cutter was subsequently sold in Baltimore, MD.


Donald Canney. U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935.  Annapolis: 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).