(official name possibly Daniel Manning, 1831-87, 37th Secretary of the Treasury)


Type and Characteristics: Brigantine-rigged steam cutter, one of five of same class and almost the last cutters rigged for sail, served as design for USRC cutters for next 20 years (above, as originally rigged, photo by C. B. Webster & Co., Boston), built by Atlantic Works, East Boston, MA at cost of $159,950, equipped with first electric generators in USRC vessels, commissioned 6 or 8 January 1898, 1,150 tons displacement, 205ft long x 32ft beam x 13ft 9in draft, triple-expansion steam engines, 2,181shp, maximum speed 17 knots, armed with 4-6pdr rapid fire guns, crew of 75 - 10 officers, 65 enlisted men. Rig later reduced to two pole masts.

Log Period and Areas of Service: 1898-1930, East and West Coasts of US, Alaskan waters, Spanish-American War and World War 1 service.

Summary of Service

8 January 1898 - Commissioned under the command of Captain R. M. Clark, and assigned to New England coast patrol duties.

24 March-17 August 1898 - Served with US Navy out of Norfolk as coastal patrol vessel, and from May to August on blockade and escort duty off Cuba. Took part in engagement off Cabanas, Cuba (image below) on 12 May. Returned to Treasury Department on 17 August.

1898-1917 - Patrol duties off Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Initially transferred to Pacific coast and assigned to Bering Sea fleet.

10 October 1914 - One of her boats swamped in heavy surf off Sarichef, Unimak. Four crew and a Public Health Service physician lost.

6 April 1917 - USCG Cutter Manning rejoined US Navy, served with Squadron 2 of six USCG cutters, Division 6 of Atlantic Fleet Patrol forces, based at Gibraltar. Escorted trade convoys to UK and carried out anti-submarine patrols in Mediterranean.

28 August 1919 - Returned to Treasury Department.

Winter 1920-21 - International Ice Patrol restarted, with eight vessels taking part, including Manning.

Late 1920's - Operated out of Norfolk, Va.

Fate: 22 May 1930 - decommissioned, and in December, sold for $2,200.02 to Charles L. Jording of Baltimore.

Links: DANFS, USCG Historian's site


Property of Lieut. G. L. Carden, R.C.S. This is the only known photo of a Revenue Cutter in action during the Spanish American War.


New York Harbor, c1898-99, photo by "Hart"


"The best crew in the history of the Bering Sea, Manning, 1901", Courtesy, University of Alaska Archives.


Manning's raceboat crew (1902-1904) which used the Corwin's Gig. Left to right - Seaman "Frenchie" Martinesen, Master-At-Arms Stranberg (Coxswain), Seaman Andreas Rynberg, Magnus Jensen, and Franze Rynberg.


Unalaska, August 1908


Unalaska, summer, 1910, Revenue Captain Godfrey L. Carden, commanding. From Carden Collection


Now with two pole masts

A general note on the sources.