Thomas Corwin (#) (1876-1900+), U.S. Revenue cutter built in Oregon, and finished and commissioned in San Francisco, which remained her home port. She served for 23 years regularly cruising the north Pacific, Bering Sea and Arctic waters.
After her service for the U.S. Coast Survey, Corwin operated as a merchant vessel, a support vessel for minerals exploration, and later as a passenger vessel. In 1881 the Corwin carried a scientific detachment including John Muir, Irving C. Rosse, M.D., and Edward W. Nelson. Muir penned Criuse of the Corwin as a result of his journey.
She served coastal ports on Norton and Kotzebue Sounds, the Seward Peninsula, and the Bering Strait during the shipping season, and generally wintered in Puget Sound. She was the first steamer to reach Nome in the spring multiple years, and also frequently the last steamer out in the fall.
In the News~
July 9, 1897 [SBMP]: “The revenue cutter Corwin is expected in the Santa Barbara channel sometime tonight and will cruise about the islands for a few days.”
December 9, 1897 [LAT/SD]: “The revenue-cutter [Thomas] Corwin returned to port this morning after a trip supposed to have been taken for the purpose of capturing some vessel or vessels engaged in smuggling Chinese into the State…”
December 31, 1897 [LAT/SCAT]: “The twenty-two ton schooner Minnie, which capsized in a squall early last week, compelling the captain and crew of two to row all day and all night to San Clemente Island, is the craft that the revenue cutter Corwin was in pursuit of the week before, suspecting that she was engaged in smuggling Chinamen from Mexico…”