Dallas, 1874

Dec. 18, 2020

Dallas, 1874

Revenue Cutter Dallas

Alexander Dallas (1759-1817) served as Secretary of the Treasury under President James Madison beginning in 1814.  Dallas succeeded in his efforts to establish the Second Bank of the United States, which was chartered by Congress in 1816.  He retired that year after the new bank had been organized.

Builder:  W. Fessenden, Portland, Maine

Rig: Schooner

Length: 140'

Beam: 21' 5"

Draft: 10' 7"

Displacement: 179 tons

Cost: $71,000

Commissioned: 28 July 1874

Decommissioned: 30 November 1907

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Steam engine: simple inverted direct-acting engine, 30-inch stroke; 275 IHP; 720-lbs of coal per hour

Performance & Endurance:
        Max: 9-1/2 knots at 70 revolutions

Complement: 40

Armament: 2

Cutter history: 

The Dallas was built and homeported in Portland, Maine. She served on the New England coastline until her transfer to Lake Ontario in 1903.  During the Spanish-American War she was ordered to "act in concert with Military authorities for defense of Boston Harbor."  During each winter while on service along the Eastern seaboard, she was ordered to conduct winter cruises each year.  When transferred to the Great Lakes, she was laid up during the winter months.

The Dallas was decommissioned on 30 November 1907 and was sold on July 2, 1908 for $2,100.

A photograph of the Revenue Cutter Dallas

Photograph of the USRC Dallas, no date.
Official U.S. Coast Guard photograph


Cutter History File, Coast Guard Historian's Office

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).