The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 25 May 1859

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The United States Revenue Cutter, Aaron V. Brown

This vessel arrived in our harbor on Friday last, upon her first cruise around the Lakes, and sails this morning to continue her voyage. She is the handsomest craft that ever entered this port. She is 70 tons burden, and carries ten men besides her officers. She is commanded by Capt. H. A. Mitchell, and Lieutenant J. A. Underwood.

The Aaron V. Brown was built last year and has been wintering in Milwaukee, her head station. She is placed on the revenue service, and her duty is to board all vessels of whom her officers have any suspicions, see that their papers are correct, and that nothing is done to defraud the revenue. She carries no guns, the stipulations of the treaty forbidding, but is well provided with boarding cutlasses, pistols, etc. The finish of the Cutter is very elegant, and she is built of the very best material throughout. Her stanchions are of locust, brought from Long Island, and costing 50 cents a lineal foot, while her quarter deck is floored with timber from the Carolinas. Her mountings are of brass, very highly finished, and her tout ensemble is that of a first class Cutter in every respect. She sails rapidly, and can make thirteen knots an hour sailing free. Her officers, as of right all the officers of our army and navy are, are gentlemen; and they appear to be actuated with a sincere zeal for the furtherance of the interests of the Lake Marine, the importance and the magnitude of which they fully appreciate. The Cutter which they command will be of essential service in assisting vessels in distress. She carries two of Francis' Iron Life Boats, which cannot be made to sink under any possible circumstances.

The Aaron V. Brown is now upon a cruise of 60 days, and will sail round lake Michigan, which is the field of her duty, returning to Milwaukee about the middle of June. She will probably be here again in August. — Chicago Daily Democrat.

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Robert C. Myers
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St. Joseph Traveler (St. Joseph, MI), 25 May 1859