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USRC Tench Coxe (1876)
Career (USA)
Name: Tench Coxe
Namesake: Tench Coxe
Builder: William T. Malster
Cost: $14,800
Launched: 7 June 1876
Commissioned: 27 October 1876
Decommissioned: 6 September 1893
Fate: Sold
General characteristics
Displacement: 39 tons
Propulsion: steam

USRC Tench Coxe was a 39-ton harbor steam-powered vessel that was built by William T. Malster, in Baltimore, Maryland. Her contract price was $14,800 and the cutter was to "be delivered at Philadelphia." She was launched on 7 June 1876 and arrived at her home port of Philadelphia on 16 September 1876. On 23 October her first commanding officer, Revenue Captain (Acting) Eric Gabrielson, was ordered to place the cutter in commission and to "ship crew." Captain Gabrielson placed the Tench Coxe in commission on 27 October 1876.

Besides serving in Philadelphia she was also detached for additional duties. She served on quarantine duty at Lewes, Delaware from 2 August 1884 until being ordered back to Philadelphia on 2 September of that same year.

She was decommissioned on 6 September 1893 and sold.


  • Canney, Donald L. 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).
  • Tench Coxe, 1876

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