Raritan, 1922

Nov. 2, 2020

Raritan, 1922


A branch of the Delaware Indian tribe first found near what today is Youngstown, Ohio.

Type/Rig/Class: Harbor Tug

Builder: Wilmington, Delaware

Length: 103'

Beam: 22' 8"


Displacement: 220 tons

Cost: ?

Built: 1905

Commissioned: 1922 (USCG)

Decommissioned: 1939

Disposition: ?

Machinery: Steam Engine

Performance & Endurance:

Complement: 27



The first cutter Raritan was originally the Department of Labor's Bureau of Immigration steam screw tug Immigrant assigned to duty in New York Harbor at Ellis Island.  She was taken over from the Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island under the authority of Executive Order #3565 on 21 October 1921.  She was immediately renamed Raritan.

She was placed in commission at the Coast Guard Depot in South Baltimore, Maryland, on 24 March 1922 and was assigned the permanent station of New York.  She was overhauled at the Coast Guard Depot in 1933 and returned to service in New York.

She was decommissioned in 1939.


Cutter History File.  USCG Historian's Office, USCG HQ, Washington, D.C.

Department of Commerce.  Bureau of Navigation.  Fifty-Second Annual List of Merchant Vessels of the United States with Official Numbers and Signal Letters and Lists of Vessels Belonging to the United States Government with Distinguishing Signals For the Year Ended June 30 1920.  Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920.

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).