USRC Morrill, whose rarely used official name was Lot M. Morrill, was a 288-ton patrol cutter built at Wilmington, Delaware. Commissioned in October 1889, she initially operated off the U.S. southeastern coast. In 1895-98, she enforced neutrality laws in the Florida Straits during the Cuban insurrection. In the Spanish-American War that followed, Morrill helped to blockade Cuba.
Morrill was transferred to the Great Lakes after the war, remaining there until 1917, when she again was placed under Navy control and returned to the Atlantic. The cutter rendered assistance at Halifax, Nova Scotia, after the disastrous explosion of the steamer Mont Blanc in December 1917. Following World War I Morrill again served on the Great Lakes. She was decommissioned in October 1928.
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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.
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17 October 1998