USRC Rush (1831)

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A Morris-Taney class Revenue Cutter
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Namesake: Richard Rush
Builder: Webb and Allen, New York
Commissioned: 1831
Decommissioned: 30 March 1840
Homeport: New York, New York
Fate: transferred to the Lighthouse Establishment
General characteristics
Class and type: Schooner
Displacement: 112 tons
Length: 73.4 ft (22.4 m)
Beam: 20.6 ft (6.3 m)
Draught: 9.7 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: wind
Complement: 20-24
Armament: 6-9 pndrs

The United States Revenue Cutter Rush was one of 13 cutters of the Morris-Taney Class to be launched. Named after Secretaries of the Treasury and Presidents of the United States, these cutters were the backbone of the Service for more than a decade. Samuel Humphreys designed these cutters for roles as diverse as fighting pirates, privateers, combating smugglers and operating with naval forces. He designed the vessels on a naval schooner concept. They had Baltimore Clipper lines. The vessels built by Webb and Allen, designed by Isaac Webb, resembled Humphreys' but had one less port.[1]

The Rush's official name was the Richard Rush, named after Secretary of the Treasury at the time of her launching. The cutter operated out of New York. In January 1840, she was severely damaged by ice and on 30 March 1840 the Treasury Department authorized her transfer to the Lighthouse Establishment.

She has the distinction of being the "first" government-owned and operated lighthouse tender of the Lighthouse Establishment although her design as a revenue cutter left much to be desired when it came to servicing aids to navigation. She was identified in the official records as the USLHT Richard Rush. She serviced aids to navigation in and around New York Harbor.

The Lighthouse Establishment sold the Richard Rush in 1848.


  1. "Rush, 1831". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.