USRC Mohawk (1904)

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Name: USS Mohawk
Namesake: The Mohawk Native American tribe
Acquired: 6 April 1917 by United States Navy
Commissioned: 10 May 1904 into United States Revenue Cutter Service
Fate: Sunk in collision 1 October 1917
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,150 tons
Length: 205 ft 6 in (62.64 m)
Beam: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Draft: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)

The fourth USS Mohawk was a cutter which served in the United States Navy in 1917.

Mohawk, a first‑class steel revenue cutter built at Richmond, Virginia. She commissioned into the United States Revenue Cutter Service on 10 May 1904. Based at New York, New York, she cruised the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent waters between Gay Head, Massachusetts, and the Delaware breakwater. When the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the United States Lifesaving Service to form the United States Coast Guard in 1915, she became a Coast Guard cutter. Her primary duties in the Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard were assisting vessels in distress and enforcing navigational laws.

Mohawk was temporarily transferred to the United States Navy on 6 April 1917 for service in World War I. While serving on coastal duty in connection with convoy operations, she was struck by the British tanker SS Vennacher and sank on 1 October 1917 off Sandy Hook, New Jersey. All hands were saved but the water was deemed too deep to warrant salvage operations.


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