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BRISK

Schooner, length 60 feet, beam 21.5 feet, draft 5 feet, built by Fardy-Woodall at Baltimore, MD. In service 1847-1880. Sold 1884. Atlantic service only.


CASWELL

Schooner, length 74 feet, beam 21 feet, draft 5.7 feet, built by Fardy and Brothers, Baltimore, Maryland in 1859. In service 1860-1879. Named for Alexis Caswell (1799-1877), Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Brown University from 1828-1863: President of Brown from 1868-1872, thence a trustee.


HOWELL COBB

Schooner, length 70 feet, beam 20 feet, draft 2.8 feet. In service 1857-1861. May 1861 transferred to Navy. Named for Howell Cobb (1815-1865), Georgia Senator thence 22nd Secretary of the Treasury under President Franklin Buchanan from 1857-1860. Upon the election of President Lincoln, he urged his native state, Georgia, to secede from the Union.


CORWIN

Steamer, length 125 feet, beam 24 feet, draft 7.3 feet. In service 1850-1867. In May 1861 this vessel was transferred to the Revenue Service but soon returned to the Coast Survey. It conducted a survey of the Potomac River in July 1861 under the command of Lieutenant Commanding Thomas S. Phelps, USN, Hatteras Inlet in the fall of 1861, engaged in operations during the Peninsula Campaign in the spring of 1862 and then was involved in more mundane survey operations for the remainder of the war. Thomas Phelps was detached from the CORWIN in December 1864, being the last regular Navy officer to be on duty with the Coast Survey during the Civil War period. Acting Master Robert Platt, USN , was then given command of the CORWIN. The ship was named for Thomas Corwin (1794-1865), Senator from Ohio, thence 20th Secretary of the Treasury under President Millard Fillmore from 1850-1853.



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