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(Abraham Lincoln, 1809-65, 16th President of the USA)
Type and Characteristics: Fore topsail schooner-rigged steam cutter (above), built by John F. Fardy & Brothers, Baltimore, MD at cost of $165,000, construction supervised by Revenue Captain J. White, commissioned 1 September 1865, 550 tons displacement, 165ft long x 26ft beam x 11ft draft, one oscillating cylinder engine, armament and complement not known.
Log Period and Areas of Service: 1865-1874, Alaskan waters.
Summary of Service
1 September 1865 - Entered service, ordered to Port Angeles, WA, departed Baltimore on 16th, sailed via Cape Horn.
24 February 1866 - Arrival at San Francisco reported. Arrival at Port Angeles reported on 21 May.
29 July 1867 - Arrived at Victoria (south coast of Vancouver Island) on first trip to Alaska.
7 or 20 March 1868 - Exchanged officers and crew with USRC Wayanda.
18 April 1869 - Sailed again for Alaska, arriving at Kodiak on 11 May.
11 June to 2 August 1870 - Voyage to Alaska and return.
1871-74 - Made three cruises to Alaska, including one carrying the US delegation for the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the US. Later carried a Coast Survey scientific team to the new territory.
14 April 1874 - Decommissioned and sold. Later renamed San Luis.
Fate: 15 February 1887 - sank off San Francisco.
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