Penrose (Charles B.), 1883

March 6, 2021

Penrose (Charles B.), 1883

Type/Rig/Class: Harbor launch

Builder: Tottensville, New York

Length: 67'

Beam: 12'

Draft: 5'

Displacement: 38 tons

Cost: ? (purchased)

Commissioned: 1883

Decommissioned: 1924

Disposition: Sold

Machinery: Compound-expansion steam engine

Performance & Endurance:

Complement: 4

Armament: None


The wooden-hulled harbor launch Charles B. Penrose was originally named the Josie R.  She was purchased on 24 March 1883.  The Penrose was first assigned to Texas then was stationed at Pensacola, Florida, during the Spanish-American War. She sank in a storm at Pensacola in 1905 and was then refloated. 

On July 15, 1924, she sold for $610.


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).