Colfax (floating base), 1924

Dec. 7, 2020

Colfax (floating base), 1924

Cutter History:

The Coast Guard acquired six "floating bases" for use as mobile floating headquarters units for the increasing patrol boat fleets coming into service for the enforcement of Prohibition.  They were: Argus, City Point, Colfax, Moccasin, Pickering, and Wayanda.  Four of the six were concrete-hulled vessels; the other two had wooden-hulls.  All had extensive cabin structures topside.

The Colfax was the former General Rufus Ingalls.  She was a concrete-hulled vessel.  She was sold on 7 December 1928.


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).