Sherman, 1866

Oct. 30, 2020

Sherman (John Sherman), 1866

John Sherman was nominated by President Rutherford B. Hayes to be the 32nd Secretary of the Treasury.  He served from March 10, 1877 until March 3, 1881.

Type/Rig/Class: Schooner/side-wheel steamer; Chase Class

Builder: Peck & Kirby, Cleveland, Ohio

Cost: $

Dates of Service: 1866 - 1872

Disposition: Sold

Displacement: 500 tons

Length: 172'

Beam: 27' 3"

Draft: 10' 10"

Propulsion: Sail / steam

Machinery: Single walking-beam steam engine; side wheels; 

Complement: 40

Armament: 3 x 4-pounders; 1 x 30-pounder; 2 x 24-pounders (Johnson, 1889)

Class History:

In 1865 and 1866 five cutters of the Chase-Class were constructed for the Revenue Cutter Service: Chase, Fessenden, Johnson, McCulloch and Sherman.  They were wooden-hulled side-wheel steamers powered by walking-beam steam engines.  Their hulls were constructed with iron diagonal bracing for added strength.  They were designed for operations on the Great Lakes, where they were laid up during the winter months, but McCulloch served in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.

Cutter History:

The revenue cutter John Sherman, also known as simply Sherman, was commissioned on 1 May 1866 after being constructed in Cleveland, Ohio, for service on the Great Lakes. She patrolled the waters of the Great Lakes during the navigation season and was decommissioned and laid up during the winter months, usually from late-November until May.

She was decommissioned on 21 October 1871 and was sold on 25 June 1872 and was converted for merchant service as a schooner.


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).