Type/Rig/Class: Topsail Schooner
Builder: New York
Length: 63' 3"
Beam: 17' 5"
Displacement: 74 tons
Armament: 2 6-pounders; 4 4-pounders
The Florida first appears in the records in 1822 while she was assigned to Key West, Florida. On 7 June 1824 it was reported that she captured the Spanish schooner Nuesta Leonora De Los Angelos while attempting to smuggle sugar at one of the Keys, to the westward of Thompson's Island.
In 1825 she exchanged places with the cutter Pulaski and was stationed at Wilmington, Delaware. In 1827 she again exchanged places with Pulaski but was found to be too small for the Key West station and carried too little water. In 1828 she was ordered to Wilmington to exchange officers and crew for those of the Pulaski.
She saw some service in the Chesapeake under the control of the Wilmington Collector before being ordered sold in 1829.
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).