USRC Thomas Corwin (1876)

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USRC Corwin: Departure for Alaska, 1885
USRC Corwin: Departure for Alaska, 1885. Contemporary engraving.
Ensign of the United States Revenue-Marine (1841).pngUnited States
Name: USRC Thomas Corwin
Builder: Oregon Iron Works
Cost: $92,000
Launched: 23 August 1876
Commissioned: 17 July 1877
In service: 1877–1900
Fate: Sold 14 February 1900
Notes: Continued operating as a merchant vessel
Name: SS Corwin
Owner: Corwin Trading Co., Pacific Coal and Transportation Co., various
Port of registry: Boston; Seattle
Route: Seattle, Nome, Western Alaska coastal ports
Acquired: 1900
In service: 1900, 1902–1915
Out of service: 1901
Fate: Burned in drydock 1916
General characteristics as built
Displacement: 227 tons
Length: 140'7"
Beam: 24'
Draft: 10'10"[1]
Depth: 11' 1½"
Propulsion: Inverted-cylinder single-stage steam engine, 34" diameter × 34" stroke,[2] single screw disconnected for sailing[3]
Sail plan: Topsail schooner
Speed: 11.5 knots steam, 12 knots sail, 14 knots combined
Complement: 8 officers 33 enlisted
Armament: 3 guns, unknown type and caliber[4]
General characteristics 1900–1903
Tonnage: 307 gross, 153 net
Length: 137.5 ft
Beam: 24 ft
Depth: 11.3[5]
Sail plan: Brigantine (aka hermaphrodite brig)
Speed: 9 knots
General characteristics 1904–1916
Tonnage: 447 gross, 239 net
Length: 138 ft
Beam: 24 ft
Depth: 13.2
Decks: 2[6]

The Thomas Corwin was a United States Revenue Cutter and subsequently a merchant vessel. These two very different roles both centered on Alaska and the Bering Sea. In 1912, Frank Willard Kimball wrote: "The Corwin has probably had a more varied and interesting career than any other vessel which plies the Alaskan waters."[7]

The United States Revenue Cutter Thomas Corwin (aka the Corwin) was the first revenue cutter to regularly cruise the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean.[8] Built in the state of Oregon, she was finished and commissioned in San Francisco which remained her home port. In a 23-year federal career, she participated in the search for the USS Jeannette, landed scientific parties on Wrangel and Herald islands, shelled the Tlingit village Angoon, interdicted whiskey traffic, rescued shipwrecked whalers, contributed to the exploration of Alaska, and arrested seal poachers. She had at least eight captains during her federal career,[9] but is particularly associated with two: the cool and resolute Calvin L. Hooper and the volatile Michael Healy. She continued operating in the Bering Sea as a merchant and charter vessel after she was sold in 1900.

As a merchant vessel, the SS Corwin started out as a support vessel for minerals exploration, and subsequently was extensively modified to carry passengers. 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. Her Master through most of her commercial service was Ellsworth Luce West. She attempted to rescue the Karluk survivors from Wrangel Island and participated in the search for four missing Karluk crewmen in 1914.


The Corwin was named for Thomas Corwin, a well-known mid-nineteenth-century politician who served as Secretary of the Treasury during Millard Fillmore's presidency. She was the second of three Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard vessels to bear the name (there was also a patrol boat Cape Corwin).[10]

She was built as a single-screw steam-powered topsail schooner by Oregon Iron Works at Albina (Portland) Oregon in 1876 and commissioned at San Francisco in 1877.[11][12] She was constructed of fir and "fastened with copper, galvanized iron, and locust tree nails".[13] Her appearance was typical of revenue cutters of the period, flush-decked (or nearly so) with clipper bow, fantail stern, two sail-bearing masts, pilot house and funnel amidships and a deckhouse (probably including the upper parts of the engine and boiler rooms) beneath and extending behind the pilot house. The boiler powering the propulsion machinery was of the Scotch marine boiler type and was the first instance of that type of boiler on a Revenue Cutter Service vessel.[14] The addition of steam jackets on the cylinders to reduce condensation losses was another innovation new to the service.[14] Her cost and displacement were somewhat greater than the Dexter-class (1874) cutters of similar length and overall design.[15]

Construction of the Corwin was contracted in May 1875 with completion scheduled for February 28, 1876. Captain John W. White was construction superintendent for the Revenue Cutter Service. The Corwin was the first government vessel constructed in the state of Oregon,[16] and a large crowd came out to see her launched August 23, 1876. Oregon Iron Works became insolvent that fall and was declared bankrupt; this resulted in liens filed against the vessel by suppliers and subcontractors for unpaid bills. On January 2, 1877, Judge J. Deady of the U.S District Court, Oregon District ruled that the lien of libellants Coffin and Hendry was valid, that the government was not yet the owner of the vessel and had not been in possession when the vessel was seized by the marshal on November 29. However, the Corwin had been extricated about January 1, 1877 by Captain White and the USRC Rush and moved to the middle of the Columbia River (another source has this about January 10). The Government appealed Judge Deady's ruling and Coffin and Hendry withdrew their claim on the basis of assurances that they would be paid faster if they settled. After a flurry of unsuccessful legal actions by other claimants, the Corwin was removed to San Francisco where she was completed at a cost of $10150.77 and subsequently commissioned. Congress was still considering suppliers and workmen's claims in 1884.[17][18][19][20][21][22]

The Corwin was reported to be capable of 12 knots under sail (48-hour average with a beam wind), 11.5 knots under steam alone, and 13–14 knots under combined power.[23] In 1900, her speed (probably cruising speed) was reported as 9 knots.[24] Details of the Corwin's original three-gun armament are not available.[25] In 1891 she reportedly carried four three-inch breech-loading rifles and two Gatling guns. In July 1891, the New York Times reported that she would be rearmed with six-pounder Hotchkiss rapid-fire guns.[26]

Federal career

Corwin caught and lifted by ice floes, Bering Sea, 1880
Corwin entering a lead 1884

The Corwin spent her entire career in the Pacific and Arctic oceans; her home port throughout her government service was San Francisco. She made her first trip to northern waters in 1877 under Captain J.W. White.[27] In 1880 and 1881 with Calvin L. Hooper commanding and Michael Healy as Executive Officer, she searched in the Arctic for the USS Jeannette, a lost exploration vessel, and two lost whalers, Vigilant and Mount Wollaston.[28] For this expedition, she was sheathed with one-inch oak planks from two feet above the water line to six feet below, with the oak applied over the copper and secured with 2.5 inch composition nails . Also added was an ice-breaking attachment for her bow, constructed of 3/8 inch iron plate, which could be put in place when needed.[29][30] Captain Hooper sent out exploratory parties by dogsled along the Siberian arctic coast. Artifacts and stories collected from the Chukchi residents of the coast confirmed that the Vigilant had been lost with no survivors, and apparently had picked up survivors from the Mount Wollaston before her own disaster.[31] In the course of the Corwin's 1880 cruise, Captain Hooper located and mapped coal deposits in cliffs east of Cape Lisburne, Alaska, previously discovered by Captain E.E. Smith, the Corwin's ice pilot. The crew mined coal from these deposits in both 1880 and 1881, and the site has since been known as the Corwin coal mine.

In 1881 the Corwin carried a scientific detachment including John Muir, Irving C. Rosse, M.D., and Edward W. Nelson, and in the course of the search for the Jeannette landed parties on Herald and Wrangel Islands in the Chukchi Sea.[32] In 1882, with Michael Healy as Captain, the Corwin was dispatched to St Lawrence Bay to pick up the stranded crew of the USS Rodgers, another ship of the Jeannette search which burned while overwintering in Siberia. The Rodgers crew was picked up by the whaler North Star and later transferred to the Corwin which returned them to San Francisco.[33] That same year she participated in the shelling and burning of the Tlingit village Angoon in retaliation for a hostage-taking incident. A contemporary letter discovered about 1990 partly confirms and partly refutes the official Navy account of this incident.[34][35][36][37][38] Her voyages in 1884 and 1885 included explorations by boat detachments of the Kobuk (1884 and 1885; Healy wrote Kowak) and Noatak (1885) rivers in Alaska and the first ascent and investigation of the newly formed Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutians.[39][40]

The Corwin was replaced on the Arctic patrol by the USRC Bear starting in 1886.[41] Among the reasons for this change was the Corwin's limited coal capacity which interfered with long cruises.[42] The Corwin returned to the Bering Sea in 1886 and from 1890 to 1897 to combat fur seal poaching.[43] In December 1893 she carried dispatches to US ambassador Albert S. Willis in Hawaii at the height of the political crisis following the deposition of Queen Liliuokalani. Corwin's arrival there caused some consternation since it was thought it might signal US intervention to restore the queen.[44] The Corwin went into the dockyard at Quartermaster Harbor, Washington for extensive repairs including refastening and some engine work before the 1896 season.[45][46] She operated under Navy orders with a Revenue Service crew during the Spanish American War, serving around San Diego, and was returned to the United States Treasury Department in August 1898.[47] She was back in service in Alaska in 1899[48][49] The Corwin was decommissioned and sold February 14, 1900 for US$16,500 and was replaced on the Bering Sea patrol by the USRC Manning.[50] Corwin remained active in the Bering Sea as a merchant and charter vessel after she was sold.[51]

Wrangel Island as seen from the top of Herald Island by a member of the Corwin party, 1881

Merchant career

Minerals exploration

In 1900 Ellsworth Luce West, a whaling captain from Martha's Vineyard, and some Boston investors formed a company to develop the coal deposits near Cape Lisburne to supply the Nome market. Needing a suitable ship, they entered the winning bid for the Corwin and organized as the Corwin Trading Company. The project increased in scope when one investor (veteran prospector, engineer, and writer A.G. Kingsbury) pledged Nome gold claims for his shares. Although Kingsbury described them as "conservative Boston capitalists" the investors appear to have been as much enthusiasts as any Nome prospectors; all insisted on joining the expedition.[52][53] To create cargo space in the Corwin, West had the entire wardroom torn out. The lost accommodations were replaced with a cabin constructed from the stern to the engine room, creating a raised poop deck.[54] This modification is shown clearly in a 1902 photograph.[55] West describes the Corwin as brig-rigged in this period, but photos from 1900 continue to show a gaff on the foremast and no yards crossed on the mainmast, so this is more a difference of terminology than a change of sail-plan.[56][57][58]

Captain West could not obtain a passenger license for the ship without having her re-caulked, so the small number of passengers were signed as crew members. She went up to Nome carrying expedition equipment and general cargo and from about June 3–10 was occupied with the rescue and salvage of the barkentine Catherine Sudden, which had suffered a punctured hull and two broken masts hitting ice.[59][60][61] A little later she set out on a prospecting expedition to Cape Chaplino and stopped at St Lawrence Island about June 17. There she encountered the Russian steamer Progress, chartered by American mining engineer Washington Vanderlip and his Russian backers. Vanderlip hired the Corwin to clear a channel through the ice so Progress could reach Cape Chaplino and the clear water just off the Siberian coast.[62]

Vanderlip described the Corwin's action as an icebreaker: "Some of the ice the Corwin can push to one side or the other but when this is not possible she backs up in order to get good headway and charges the obstruction and strikes it fairly between the eyes. She comes to a dead stop and quivers from stem to stern with the tremendous impact A rending grinding noise is heard and the berg which challenged us is a berg no longer..." [63]

Finding the streams near Cape Chaplino still ice-clogged, the Corwin returned to Nome. In mid-July she headed north on a minerals exploration trip. She reached the coal deposits after prospecting stops at Grantley Harbor (adjacent to Port Clarence, Alaska) and along the coast. The largest seam had already been staked by a competing company (that party traveled by land), but the Corwin's party staked several other claims, mined and loaded coal, and returned to Nome with 100 tons (four lighter-loads) to sell. Coal was handled in sacks of 200 lb, lowered down the cliffs by rope. It reportedly sold tor $18–20 per ton at Nome.[64] A second trip developed the mines and brought out 25 tons.[65][66]

In April 1901 the Corwin was towed from Port Townsend to Esquimalt and hauled out for refitting. She then spent most of that summer tied to the dock for nonpayment of the dockyard bill. Captain West, who had spent the early part of the season as second mate on an east coast collier, was eventually sent west with $2000 to settle up. After paying the bills, he set about finding work for the vessel to pay her keep. A plan to charter her out for halibut fishing was vetoed by F.W. Huestis, president of the Corwin Trading Company, reportedly because of insurance costs.[67][68]

Passenger and freight service

Corwin unloading on sea ice at Nome, June 1, 1907; F.H. Nowell
Dogsleds viewed from the Corwin during unloading, 5 miles off shore, June 1, 1907; F.H. Nowell
USRC Bear and Corwin shortly after arrival at Nome, June 1, 1914

By 1902 the Corwin was licensed to carry passengers as well as freight. Accommodations were rearranged to carry 35 first-class and 50 steerage passengers. She departed Seattle in May and spent the summer and early fall serving Nome and surrounding towns and camps as far north as Deering on Kotzebue Sound.[69][70][71] She underwent further modification at Moran's yard in Seattle before the 1904 season. This work extended or replaced the stern cabin to give her an entire second deck as well as a vertical stem (fitted with a steel ice protector),[72][73] two new deckhouses, and a forward pilothouse. This so altered her appearance[74] that only a few of her numerous subsequent photographs give any hint[75][76] of her past as a schooner.[77] Besides the outward changes she was modernized with addition of electric lighting throughout the ship and running water in all staterooms. The changes added six first-class staterooms and more steerage space, bringing her capacity to 100 passengers and about 200 tons freight.[78] One source reports the cost of the rebuilding as $40000.[79] When she headed out for Alaska in May 1904 after addition of the second deck there were rumors the modification had made her topheavy.[80] Some passengers complained before departure that she was overloaded and unseaworthy. Inspectors ordered that all freight be stowed below deck, but permitted her to sail. Subsequently there were reports that wreckage from the ship had been found on Vancouver Island leading to fears she was lost, but she reached Nome safely on June 8.[81][82][83][84] The Victoria Daily Colonist could not find the origin of the reports and branded them a deliberate hoax.[85]

The Corwin continued in the passenger and freight business[86][87] and from 1906 to 1910 held a contract to transport mail to towns on Norton Sound and the Seward Peninsula. She was the first ship to reach Nome in the spring in 1902–1909, 1913 and 1914. She generally returned to Puget Sound in the fall and was often the last ship out of Nome.[88][89][90][91] In part, her early arrivals were due to the fact that she was sheathed[92] and retained a protected and reinforced bow for ice work. In 1908, after arriving at Nome during a particularly bad ice season, the Corwin headed out again and cut channels to free three steamers that were stuck in the ice 50 miles from Nome, one (the Victoria) in danger of sinking and all in danger of being carried north by moving ice.[93] On June 11th 1909, Corwin received a distress call from St. Croix a vessel trapped in the ice and taking on water South of Nome. Corwin refused to come to the aid of St. Croix for no less than $6,000. [94] In 1914, it was arranged that she would lead the waiting fleet of steamers into Nome, following closely as the Revenue Cutter Bear picked out a channel through the ice.[95] For most of her merchant career, she was owned by the Pacific Coal and Transportation Company (successor to the Corwin Trading Company), and her official home port was listed as Boston. Captain West returned as Master from 1902 to 1910; his wife Gertrude sailed with him as Ship's Clerk. Most of the crew were Eskimo (they were less likely to desert the ship to go prospecting), and the kitchen staff were Chinese. The Corwin held daily fire drills, and was equipped with wireless since the 1904 refit.[96][97][98][99][100] In 1911 and 1912, the Corwin was listed as a ship of the Western Alaska Steamship Company.[101] In 1913, her home port was listed as Seattle and her owner as Ben Moyses.[102]

Attempted Karluk rescue

In 1914, a wealthy Nome mine-owner and businessman, Jafet Lindeberg, chartered the Corwin (Captain R.J. Healy) from the Kotzebue Transportation and Trading Company to attempt a rescue the Karluk survivors from Wrangel Island. She reached Wrangel Island one day after the survivors had been rescued by Olaf Swenson and his crew in the King & Winge. She then proceeded to look for four missing members of Karluk's crew, circling Herald Island without seeing any sign of the missing men. The Corwin struck a reef off Cape Douglas on her return trip and went hard aground. She was refloated by jettisoning and lightering supplies to lighten ship, with assistance from the USRC Bear and a crew from the Nome Lifesaving station.[103][104][105][106][107][108]

Ultimate fate

By 1916, the Corwin was majority-owned by Schubach & Hamilton, who sold her to Mexican owners. She burned in drydock at Salina Cruz that same year.[109]


Several places in Alaska and Yukon are named for the Corwin, including Corwin Bluff (the bluff near Cape Lisburne containing the Corwin Coal Mine), Corwin Rock in the Aleutian Islands, and possibly Cape Corwin on Nunivak Island. Kivalina lagoon was called Corwin Lagoon by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1884 to about 1950. The Corwin Cliffs in the Saint Elias Mountains, Yukon were named for the Corwin by I.C Russell in 1890.[110][111][112]

A contemporaneous model of the Corwin built by Captain Thomas Mountain is in the collection of the Oregon State Historical Society and was displayed at the Alaska State Museum in 2006.[113]

See also


  1. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a)
  2. Canney, pp 44–45
  3. West
  4. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a)
  5. Bureau of Navigation 1901, 1903
  6. Bureau of Navigation 1904, 1913 part 2, 1913 part 6
  7. Kimball; italics substituted for Kimball's quotes on Corwin
  8. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a)
  9. Commanders of the USRC Corwin: (Rank is Captain unless noted) J.W. White January 1877-July 1878; Lt. J. Brann approx. July 1878-April 1879; C.L. Hooper April 1880-Dec 1881; M.A. Healy Feb 1882-Apr 1886; A.B. Davis Apr 1886-May 1886; C.A. Abbey May 1886-Nov 1886; C.L.Hooper April 1887–1892, F.M. Munger 1892–1895, W.D. Roath 1896 (exchanged commands with H.D. Smith 1896); W.J. Herring 1898 (inclusive dates unknown). Captain [D.F.] Tozier handled the sale of the ship in 1900. McCurdy's lists additionally captains Roth [Roath?] and Slamm, without dates; Captain Slamm had the USRC Grant in 1896. A Who's Who entry lists [Lt] P.W. Thompson. US Coast Guard 1935; New York Times Nov 9, 1891; Nov 16, 1892; May 19, 1895; Dec 14, 1895; April 9, 1896; Sep 11, 1896; Treasury register 1879; Tacoma Public Library (c); Who's Who in America.
  10. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a,c)
  11. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a)
  12. Tacoma Public Library (a)
  13. Nourse
  14. 14.0 14.1 Evans, p 98
  15. Compare US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (b). The Dexter class consisted of Dexter, Rush, and Dallas.
  16. Tacoma Public Library (a)
  17. Tacoma Public Library (a)
  18. 50th Congress 1st Session House Report 456
  19. 48th Congress 1st session Senate Reports 572, 573
  20. Kimball
  21. The revenue cutter
  22. New York Times Jan 22, 1877
  23. New York Times January 17, 1892, June 16, 1891
  24. Vanderlip
  25. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a)
  26. New York Times June 16, 1891, July 3, 1891
  27. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a)
  28. Evans, p 115
  29. Nourse
  30. Hooper
  31. New York Times Nov 7, 1881
  32. Evans, pp 118–119
  33. New York Times April 30, 1882, June 22, 1882 June 24, 1882
  34. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a)
  35. Naval Historical Center
  36. King, pp 39–40
  37. Strobridge & Noble, p 46
  38. Gagne-Hawes
  39. Healy, M.A. 1887, 1889
  40. Evans, p 124
  41. Evans, p 129
  42. King, p 82
  43. United States Coast Guard (1935)
  44. New York Times December 6, 1893 (a,b), January 20, 1894; technically, Willis's title was Minister; ambassador (un-capitalized) is here used descriptively.
  45. Tacoma Public Library (b)
  46. New York Times Dec 14, 1895
  47. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  48. New York Times October 17, 1899
  49. United States Coast Guard (1935)
  50. Record of Movements, p 196
  51. US Coast Guard, Historian's Office (a); West. McCurdy's has the sale in 1899, for US$17,025, to J.E Ryus (Tacoma Public Library (c)); Victoria Daily Colonist Feb 15, 1900 says Ryus did not fulfill offer; ship sold to Tacoma Fish Company for US$16,000
  52. Kingsbury 1900
  53. West
  54. West
  55. Curtis; a photo in Kingsbury (1900) shows the Corwin in the dockyard with the cabin partly built
  56. West
  57. Kingsbury 1900
  58. A brigantine is also known as a hermaphrodite brig in US usage, and the only difference between a brigantine and a topsail schooner is the presence of a fore-and-aft foresail in the latter. In the 1902 Curtis photo the foresail gaff is gone but there are still no yards on the mainmast. There is no foresail boom in any photo, even from her revenue cutter days. Vanderlip implausibly calls her a barkentine. West reports using sails at various times in 1900 and 1902.
  59. Standard Marine...
  60. West
  61. The Catherine Sudden
  62. Vanderlip
  63. Vanderlip p. 305
  64. National Geographic
  65. West
  66. Packard
  67. Victoria Daily Colonist April 25, 1901; West. This paragraph follows West in having her towed from Port Townsend (rather than coming up from Seattle under her own power), but follows the Colonist for the date.
  68. Victoria Daily Colonist November 26, 1901
  69. West
  70. Morning Leader Nov 29, 1902; Nov 1, 1903
  71. Nowell 1902
  72. West; the first ice protector was made in two pieces held by bolts, not the single wrap-around piece West specified. It tore loose as soon as it hit ice. A successor can be seen in the Lomen Brothers photo.
  73. Bureau of Navigation 1903, 1904; in 1903 tonnage was listed as 307 gross, 153 net, length 137.5', depth of hold 11.2'; in 1904, 447 tons gross, 239 net, 138' length, 13.2 depth of hold; List of Merchant Vessels 1913 Part 6 shows her with two decks. There is only one Corwin in these tables throughout this period and she is specifically identified as the former USRC Corwin by footnote.
  74. Anonymous, 1910
  75. Lomen Bros.
  76. Nowell 1907 a, b
  77. Degroff
  78. West
  79. Kimball; it is not clear from the context whether this is the 1904 refit or the total cost of work from 1900 on. According to West, the 1904 work was initially estimated at $20000 but there were overruns.
  80. West
  81. West
  82. Victoria Daily Colonist May 20, 1904
  83. New York Times May 24, 1904
  84. Victoria Daily Colonist, June 25, 1904
  85. Victoria Daily Colonist, May 24, 1904 p3, May 26, 1904, p8
  86. Harrison p 374
  87. New York Times May 31, 1914
  88. West; Corwin had carried mail from Seattle to Nome in earlier years at no charge to the government.
  89. New York Times August 15, 1909
  90. Tacoma Public Library (d)
  91. Morning Leader Nov 29, 1902
  92. Kimball (1912) describes the sheathing as ironwood. Vanderlip describes her sheathing in 1900 as "greenheart timber", possibly Chlorocardium rodiei. The original oak could have been replaced in the 1896 refit or possibly earlier. Victoria Daily Colonist, May 9, 1901 reports the Corwin was stripped, caulked, sheathed, and copper painted at Bullen's yard, though West, p 90, is unaware she had been recaulked.
  93. West, Victoria Daily Colonist June 19, 1908; see also Kimball
  94. Stephenson, William, B (1919). The Land of Tomorrow. University of California Libraries: George H. Doran. p. 26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  95. New York Times May 31, 1914
  96. Stearns
  97. West
  98. Bureau of Navigation 1901, 1903, 1904, 1909
  99. Keeler
  100. San Francisco Chronicle
  101. Commissioner of Navigation
  102. Bureau of Navigation 1913 Part 6
  103. Bartlett
  104. New York Times September 22, 1914
  105. Stefansson
  106. Cochran pp82-83
  107. Healy, R.J 1915
  108. Lewis, Anderson...
  109. Tacoma Public Library (e)
  110. Baker
  111. United States Geological Survey
  112. Natural Resources Canada
  113. Alaska State Museums; Captain Mountain survived the sinking of the Peacock in 1841 during the United States Exploring Expedition.


External links

Further reading

  • Killey, Gwen L. "Opening the Door to Alaska: The Cruises of the Revenue Cutter Thomas Corwin." Naval History (Fall 1988), pp. 23–27.
  • Newell, Gordon and Joe Williamson (1959) Pacific Coastal Liners, Superior Publishing Co. Seattle. Little on the Corwin but a lot of context. Has a higher-resolution, but darker version of the Lomen Brothers photograph in which the schooner Helen Johnston is clearly identifiable by the painted name on her bow.
  • United States. Revenue-Cutter Service; Muir, John; Nelson, Edward William; Rosse, Irving C; Bean, Tarleton H. Cruise of the revenue steamer Corwin in Alaska and the N. W. Arctic ocean in 1881 ... Notes and memoranda. (1883) Washington, Govt. Print. Off.