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Mohawk IV (RC)

(RC: dp. 1,150; l. 205'6"; b. 32'; dr. 12'7")

A North American Indian tribe, part of the Iroquois Confederation, which originally dwelt in the Mohawk River Valley, N.Y., but was forced to flee to Canada for having sided with the Loyalists during the American Revolution.


The fourth Mohawk, a first‑class steel revenue cutter built at Richmond, Va., commissioned 10 May 1904. Based at New York, she cruised the Atlantic and adjacent waters between Gay Head, Mass., and the Delaware breakwater. Her primary duties were assisting vessels in distress and enforcing navigational laws.

Mohawk was temporarily transferred to the Navy 6 April 1917. While serving on coastal duty in connection with convoy operations, she was struck by an unknown merchant vessel, and sank 1 October off Sandy Hook, N.J. All hands were saved but the water was deemed too deep to warrant salvage operations.

Published: Tue Aug 11 08:45:42 EDT 2015