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U.S. Revenue Service

Image of usrs Seneca (U.S. Revenue Service)

Length: 204 ft.
Breadth: 34 ft.Breadth
Draft (or Depth): 17.3 ft. (depth)
Tonnage: 1,259 tons (gross)
Engines: Two boilers, one triple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
Speed: 11.2 knots
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia.
Launched: March 18, 1908
Maiden Voyage: November 6, 1908 (commissioned)
Disposition: 1950 - Sold for scrap at Baltimore, Maryland.

Port of Registry:
Flag of Registry: United States
Funnel color: Gray
Company flag: U.S. Flag
Signal Letters: G V H L
Wireless call letters: R C E
Details: Steel hull, single screw, 1 funnel, 2 masts; Armament: Four six-pounders; two watt marconi installation.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Following the Titanic disaster, was assigned to the International Ice Patrol. Worked with Miami out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.


March 18, 1908


November 6, 1908 


January 24, 1909

Assisted in towing liner Republic, damaged in collision with SS Florida off Nantucket.

When Republic sank, Seneca took off crew that had stayed aboard the damaged liner.


Ceremonial and escort service in addition to regular duty.

March 29, 1913

Following the Titanic disaster, was assigned to the International Ice Patrol. Worked with Miami out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

April 12, 1914

While on ice patrol, rescued four survivors, adrift for 10 days, from the British freighter Columbian.


(As revenue cutter): Three ice patrols.

January 28, 1915

Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life Saving Service to form the U. S. Coast Guard


(As U. S. Coast Guard cutter): Three ice patrols.


Three ice patrols.

April 1917

After declaration of war with Germany, Seneca joined several USCG cutters in making up

Squadron 2 of Division 6 of the Atlantic Fleet Patrol forces. They served as convoy escorts, providing protection from submarine attack.

March 25, 1918

Rescued 81 members from the torpedoed HMS Cowslip.

June 25, 1918 

(Off Gibraltar): Rescued 27 survivors from the torpedoed British SS Queen, traveling in convoy.

September 18, 1918

(175 mi. N by W from Cape Villano, Spain): Assisted in the crew evacuation of the British SS Wellington, torpedoed in convoy. Seneca put aboard Wellington a 20-man volunteer group from her own crew to try to take the stricken vessel to the nearest port, Brest, France. Of Wellington's crew, 11 volunteered to stay aboard. But the crippled ship was struck by a severe storm. Water reached her boilers, which exploded; 11 Seneca men and five Wellington men were lost.


Participated in actions against several "rum runners." In winter, resumed her ice patrol duties.

July 26, 1927

Placed out of commission.

April 20, 1928

Restored to commission; stationed at New York.

September 23, 1932

Permanent station, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

June 1, 1934

Permanent station, Mobile, Alabama.

March 21, 1936

Placed out of commission by the U. S. Coast Guard.

September 3, 1936

Bought by Boston Iron and Metal Co., Baltimore, Maryland. Sold to the Texas Refrigeration Steamship Line which went bankrupt; was repurchased at auction by Boston Iron and Metal Co.


Returned to Coast Guard service.


Turned over to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as training station for naval cadets. Renamed Keystone.


Sold for scrap at Baltimore, Maryland.


Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.
Image Courtesy: U. S. Coast Guard