Governor Gilman, 1798

Jan. 25, 2021

Governor Gilman, 1798

John Taylor Gilman (1753 - 1828) was a farmer, shipbuilder, and statesman from Exeter, New Hampshire. He represented New Hampshire in the Continental Congress in 1782-1783 and was Governor of New Hampshire for fourteen years, from 1794 to 1805 and from 1813 to 1816.

Type/Rig/Class: Schooner

Builder: Hackett, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Dates of Service: 1798 - 1801

Disposition: Sold

Displacement: 103 tons

Length: 72'

Beam: 20' 6"

Draft: 8'

Complement: 65?

Armament: 8 x 4-pounders

Cutter History:

The Governor Gilman was one of seven large cutters built to supplement the Navy and the smaller revenue cutters in service at the start of the Quasi-War with France.  The Gilman, however, unlike her sister cutters, did not see service with the Navy.  Little is known about her except that she served in New Hampshire waters and was sold in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1801.  She was renamed the Real Carlos and saw service as a merchantman.


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).