Revenue Cutter Service Memorial

Waterfront Park
Merrimac St
Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts

"Near this site was born

The United States Coast Guard
with the launching of the
USRC Massachusetts July 23, 1791.

Built by William Searle on 
commission of President George
Washington during the office 
of Alexander Hamilton Secretary
of the Treasury. She was the 
first such vessel in the service
of the United States.

The Massachusetts was fifty
feet long and weighed more
than seventy tons. She was the
largest of a fleet of ten cutters
built to guard the Coast Guard
against smugglers.


Dedicated August 4, 1958
by the 
Hon. A. Gilmore Flues
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury