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Online Library of Selected Images
Ships of the Spanish-American War --
U.S. NAVY SHIPS -- Revenue Cutters and Light House Tenders

As in other wars, the Revenue Cutter Service and Light House Service, predecessors of the U.S. Coast Guard, were temporarily placed under Navy control during the Spanish-American War. Several of their ships were actively employed off Cuba and elsewhere in the Caribbean area. One, the Revenue Cutter Hudson, heroically rescued USS Winslow when that torpedo boat was disabled by Spanish fire off Cardenas, Cuba. In the Far East, the new Revenue Cutter McCulloch, in transit from the Atlantic to her new station on the U.S. Pacific coast, participated in the Battle of Manila Bay. During the subsequent Manila blockade, her services as a dispatch vessel and gunboat were invaluable to Admiral Dewey.

This page features views of several of the Revenue Cutters and Light House Tenders that served in the Spanish-American War.

If higher resolution reproductions than these digital images are desired, see "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

In all cases, clicking on the small photograph will prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photo #: 19-N-19-21-5

USRC Hudson (1893-1935)


At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 21 April 1898.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 59,312 bytes; 740 x 605 pixels

Reproductions of this image are also available through the National Archives' photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 46627

USRC Manning (1898-1930)


Photograph by Hart, taken off New York City circa 1898-99.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 62,983 bytes; 740 x 510 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 46473

USRC McCulloch (1897-1917)


Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa 1900.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 59,071 bytes; 590 x 645 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 46474

USRC McCulloch (1897-1917)


Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa 1900.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 61,476 bytes; 740 x 575 pixels

 
Photo #: 19-N-19-21-10

USRC Morrill (1889-1928)


At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 22 April 1898.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 55,768 bytes; 740 x 590 pixels

Reproductions of this image are also available through the National Archives' photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 19-N-19-21-12

USRC Windom (1896-1930)


In drydock at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 9 April 1898.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 51,232 bytes; 740 x 580 pixels

Reproductions of this image are also available through the National Archives' photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 85646

U.S. Light House Tender Mangrove (1897- 1947)


Halftone photograph, taken during the Spanish-American War, 1898, and published in the contemporary book War in Cuba.

Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 83,743 bytes; 740 x 480 pixels

 
Photo #: 19-N-19-22-3

U.S. Light House Tender Maple


At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 9 May 1898. The receiving ship USS Franklin is in the background.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 61,121 bytes; 740 x 630 pixels

Reproductions of this image are also available through the National Archives' photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: 19-N-19-22-4

U.S. Light House Tender Maple


At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 9 May 1898.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Online Image: 60,261 bytes; 595 x 770 pixels

Reproductions of this image are also available through the National Archives' photographic reproduction system.

 
Photo #: NH 85649

U.S. Light House Tender Suwanee


Halftone photograph, published in the book War in Cuba, 1898, showing Suwanee underway off Siboney, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War. Ships in the background include USS St. Louis (left) and USS Vixen (right).

Courtesy of Alfred Cellier, 1977.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64,782 bytes; 740 x 615 pixels

 

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19 April 1998