Golden Gate, 1896

Jan. 25, 2021

Golden Gate, 1896


Builder:  Moran Brothers, Seattle, Washington

Length: 110'

Beam: 21'

Draft: 10' 3"

Displacement: 250 tons

Cost: $49,840.20

Commissioned: 17 June 1897

Decommissioned: 22 November 1945

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Triple-expansion steam engine; 500 SHP; 1 Babcock & Wilcox boiler

Performance & Endurance:

Complement: 22


Coast Guard history:

    The Golden Gate was a steel-hulled tug that was stationed at San Francisco.  She played a major role in calming the aftermath of the earthquake of 1906.  She transported life-savers, victims, and bank records and assisted in fighting fires.  Her pumps were used to supplement local fire fighting trucks as well.  Her paint was blistered by the end of the ordeal but suffered no casualties to her personnel.  

At the start of World War I she was ordered to enforce neutrality regulations.  When the U.S. entered the war, the Golden Gate was transferred to the Navy, effective 6 April 1917.  She returned to Coast Guard control on 28 August 1919.

The Golden Gate was assigned to the 12th Naval District during WWII.  She was sold April 8, 1947.


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).