Jackson, 1832

Feb. 1, 2021

Jackson, 1832

Builder: Washington Navy Yard

Commissioned: 1832

Decommissioned: sold 18 October 1865

Length: 73' 4"

Navigation Draft: 9' 7" (maximum)

Beam: 20' 6"

Displacement: 112 tons

Propulsion: topsail schooner

Maximum Speed: NA

Complement: 20-24

Armament: Much variation, typical was four 6-9 pdrs.

Cutter History:

The Jackson was one of the 13 cutters of the Morris-Taney Class.  These cutters were the backbone of the Service for more than a decade Samuel Humphreys designed these cutters for roles as diverse as fighting pirates, privateers, combating smugglers and operating with naval forces.  He designed the vessels on a naval schooner concept.  They had Baltimore Clipper lines. The vessels built by Webb and Allen, designed by Isaac Webb, resembled Humphreys' but had one less port.

The Jackson's first duty was to enforce the 1828 Tariff Law during the Nullification Crisis in Charleston, SC.  On 25 November 1834 she sailed for the Chesapeake Bay and until April 1836 sailed along the coast on inspection duty for the Revenue Service and to inspect lighthouses. From May 1836 through June 1838, she performed duty on the west coast of Florida during the Seminole War.  Between 1838 and the Civil War she performed customs duties at Baltimore, MD, Mobile, AL, New Orleans, LA, Newport, RI, and Eastport, ME.  During the Civil War, Jackson served in Baltimore and was sold on 31 October 1865.


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).