Petrel, 1867

March 7, 2021

Petrel, 1867

The Petrel was named for the sea bird of the order Procellariiformes

Builder: W. H. Hathorn, Williamsburg, New York

Length: 85'

Beam: 19'

Draft: 7'

Displacement: 120 tons

Cost: $16,450

Commissioned: 1867

Decommissioned: 1873

Disposition: Sold

Rig: Schooner

Machinery: N/A

Performance & Endurance:



Armament: 1 gun




The Petrel was one of two 120-ton 85-foot schooners built for the Service by W. H. Hathorn of Williamsburg, New York, the other being the Racer.  They were among the last strictly sail-powered cutters built for the Service.

The Petrel was ordered to Apalachicola, Florida, for duty, on 4 June 1867.  She was sold on 21 October 1873.


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).