Search, 1869

Oct. 30, 2020

Search, 1869

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Type/Rig/Class: Search-Class Steam Launch, lugger rig

Builder: ?, New York

Dates of Service: 1869 - 1896

Disposition: Sold

Displacement: 11 tons

Length: 38'

Beam: 10'

Draft: 5'

Machinery: Vertical, direct-acting steam engine; 7 knots maximum speed

Complement: 1 officer, 4 enlisted

Armament: None

Cutter History:

Search was one of two 11-ton, iron-hulled steam launches acquired in 1869, the other being DiscoverSearch was initially assigned to duty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was transferred to Baltimore, Maryland in 1877.  She was sold in 1896. 


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).