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U. S. Revenue Cutter
The LINCOLN was the first of a long line of U. S. Coast Guard (known
earlier as the
U. S. Revenue Cutter Service) cutters to make an Alaskan cruise.
After the Senate ratified the treaty-purchase of Alaska from Russia
on April 9,
1867, the LINCOLN was dispatched north to carry the United States Flag. Skippered by
Captain W. A. Howard, the cutter transported to Sitka an official party she picked
up at San Francisco, consisting of a surgeon, a group of coast survey men headed by
George Davidson, and the government's special agent Lieutenant George W. Moore, the
first U. S. agent to establish headquarters in the provincial capital. She then
proceeded on a long survey cruise of Alaska's vast coastline.
Built in 1864 by John F. Fardy and Brother, under superintendancy of
Captain J. White,
USRCS, at Baltimore, at a cost of $165,000, the LINCOLN had a length of 165 ft., beam
26 ft., depth of hold 12 1/2 ft., draft 10 ft. She sailed from Baltimore on September
12, 1865 to her assigned homeport at Port Angeles, Washington, arriving there May 21,
1866. Her cruising grounds were mainly the waters of Washington and Alaska.
On April 14, 1874 the LINCOLN was sold and later renamed the SAN LUIS.
On February 15,
1887, she sank off San Francisco.
1864 - 1874
On March 7, 1868 she proceeded to San Francisco to exchange officers
and crew with
On April 18, 1869 she sailed from San Francisco for Alaska, arriving at Kodiak on May
1lth. She returned on December 19, 1869.
Again on June 11, 1870 she departed for Alaska and remained there until
1870 when she returned to Port Townsend.
She was sold on April 14, 1874 and sank off San Francisco, February
15, 1887 after
being renamed the SAN LUS.
REVENUE CUTTER LINCOLN
The purchase of Alaska in 1868 opened up a vast new territory and the
was dispatched north to carry the flag.
The cutter's first act for the territory was to transport to Sitka
special representative, Lieutenant George Moore, and then to proceed to a long
reconnaissance of the coast.
Lincoln was only 165 feet in length and her oscillating engine required
expenditure of lubricating oil and fuel. Because of this, it was necessary to sail
whenever the wind was favorable.
In spite of this limitation, from 1867 through 1870, Lincoln made several
reconnaissance and was well known to Alaskan natives, traders, and immigrants during
Many of the miles logged in these early years were devoted to the scientific
investigation of the far northern areas.
Lincoln discovered deposits of coal and vast fishing grounds extending
across the North Pacific. The Coast Survey group aboard Lincoln secured data for
charts. Botanical specimens were also collected for the Smithsonian.
The authoritative reports that came from Lincoln undoubtedly spurred
of Alaska's fishing industry.
By 1889 the Revenue-Cutter Service was patrolling the coast for the
protection of the
salmon fisheries which, to a much larger extent, is still done to this day and age.
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