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US Coast Guard Cutter Forward
By : John Sharp ©


This image is from the US Coast Guard collection at the National Park Service.
The painting is by an unknown artist.
The United States Revenue Cutter Forward was named after Treasury Secretary Walter Forward 1786 -1853.
William Easby received $ 3, 786.75 for designing and building the Forward.
The Cutter was in service from 1842 -1865 sailing mainly out of Baltimore Md.
Her first Captain was Henry Prince Jr. who was in command from September 13, 1841 to February 28, 1843.

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William Easby and the Coast Guard Cutter Forward 1842
Baltimore Sun March 10, 1842
Correspondent of the Baltimore Sun
             Washington, March 9, 1842

During a ramble a few day's since along the banks of the Canal, I passed the ship-yard of our highly esteemed fellow citizen, Captain Easby, where the new Revenue Cutter is now building; and I accordingly took a hasty survey of her. The Cutter is pronounced by competent judges, to be one of the prettiest models ever set up in this District; her length on deck is 89 feet; beam (molded) 22 feet; held 8 feet 6 inches, and her tonnage about 151 feet. She is built under the superintendence of Captain Henry Prince, Jr., and will be launched on the 13th April next, (Jefferson's birthday). She is to be named the "Forward" and will reflect high credit upon all who are engaged in her construction.

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See also : Biography of William Easby

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