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Introduction

The information below comes from Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Included are the names of ships with information about dates of service in the Civil War, type of ship, name changes, etc.

Ship names beginning with O

  • O. H. Lee. Purchased, August 27, 1861, at New York, New York. Class: Sailing mortar schooner. Sold at public auction, August 10, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Commissioned, February 4, 1862, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission at Philadelphia, July 19, 1865. December 5, 1861, the O.H. Lee was selected for a mortar boat. Description
  • O.M. Pettit. Purchased August 17, 1861, at New York, New York, Class:Side-wheel steamer; wood. Sunk by collision; raised and sold by Bay Point, S.C. September 2, 1865. Commissioned, October 4, 1861, at New York Navy Yard. Description
  • Octorara. Hull built by Government at New York Navy Yard; machinery by Neptune Iron Works, New York, New York. Launced December 7, 1861. Description
  • Ohio. Built by the Government, Launced May 30, 1820. Class: Sailing ship-of-the-line; wood. Sold September 27, 1883, at Boston, Mass., to J. L. Snow, Rockland, Me., for $17,100. The Ohio was commenced in November, 1817. Cost of repairs from June 30, 1853, to December, 1879, was $58,911.34. Description
  • Ohio Valley, see Ibex.
  • Oleander. Purchased March 28, 1863, at New York, by Rear Admiral H. Paulding from James Howe and C. W. Copeland. Launched Janaury 10, 1863. Class: Side-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, September 5, 1865, at New York, by Burdett Jones & Co., to Smith & Downing, for $16,400. Went out of commission, August 18, 1865, at New York. Description
  • Oliver H. Lee, see O. H. Lee.
  • Oneida. Hull built at New York Navy Yard; machinery by J. Murphy & Co., New York, N. Y. Lauched November 20, 1861, and commissioned February 28, 1862. Class: Screw steamer; wood; sloop. Run down and sunk, Janaury 24, 1870, in Yokohama Bay by the P. & O. steamer Bombay; wreck was sold at Yokohama, October 9, 1872 for $1,505. August 11, 1865, out of commission, at New York. The wreck was sold to the Tatcho-bo-nai-yo. Description
  • Oneota. Built at Cincinnati, Ohio, by contract with Alexander Swift & Co., and Niles Works, June 1865. Class: Screw steamer. Sold April 13, 1868, at New Orleans, La., to Alexander Swift & Co., by Department for $375,000. She carried 2 guns. Description
  • Onondaga.Built by contract with G. W. Quintard, New York. Launched July 29, 1863, at Green Point, New York. Commissioned, March 24, 1864, at New York Navy Yard. Class: Twin screw steamer; double-turreted monitor; iron. By act of Congress, approved March 2, 1867, she was returned to G. W. Quintard, on payment of $759,673. Went out of commission June 8, 1865, at New York. Description
  • Ontario. Hull built at New York Navy Yard; machinery, Aetna Iron Works. Class: Screw steamer. Name changed from Ontario to New York., May 15, 1869. November 27, 1865, ordered that work be suspended on her. Dimensions of boiler are same as those of Java. Date of contract for machinery was October 26, 1863, to be completed ten months from date of contract, provided the vessel be placed at their command seven months from that date; otherwise three months from time that the contractors shall be notified the vessel is at their command. Description
  • Onward, see Grand Gulf.
  • Onward. Purchased September 9, 1861, at New York, N. Y. by George D. Morgan from John Ogden. Class: Sailing vessel; wood. Sold November 1, 1884, at Callao, Peru, for $1,850. Commissioned January 11, 1862, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission June 20, 1865, at New York. Total cost of repairs to her by the Government was $94,608.73. Description
  • Oregon, see Quinsigamond.
  • Oriole. Purchased, December 7, 1864, at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Paymaster C. C. Jackson. Light-draft steamboat. Sold at public auction, August 17, 1865. at Mound City, Ill., to Thomas Scott, for $17,000. Name changed to Oriole from Florence Miller, under which she was purchased. Purchased for U. S. Mississippi Squadron and repaired by Joseph Brown at a cost of $24,550. Commissioned, March 22, 1865, at Mound City Ill., went out of commission at that place, August 4, 1865. Description
  • Orion, see Chimo.
  • Orion. Purchased, August 13, 1861, at Baltimore, Md., by Captain H. S. Stellwagen. Schooner. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet Description
  • Orvetta. Purchased, October 1, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan, from E. & D. Bigelow, agents. Class: Sails; mortar schooner; wood. Sold at public auction August 15, 1865, at New York, to Mr. Henseman, by Burdett Jones & Co., for $25, 496.40. Description
  • Osage. Built at St. Louis, Mo., under contract with James B. Eads. Launched, January 13, 1863. Class: Single -turreted monitor. Sunk, March 29, 1865. by a torpedo in Blakely River, Ala.; successfully raised and sold at public auction. November 22, 1867, at New Orleans, La., including the Calhoun, Tennessee, and Nashville, for $20,467.10. Commissioned, July 10, 1863, at Cairo, Ill. Description
  • Osceola, see Neosho.
  • Osceola. Built at Boston, Mass., by contract; hull by Curtis & Tilden; machinery by Altantic Works. Delivered to Government at Boston Navy Yard, January 9, 1864. Class: Side-wheel steamer; double-ender; wood. Sold October 1, 1867, at New York for $16,000. Commissioned, February 10, 1864, at Boston Navy Yard; went out of commission there May 13, 1865, Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $48,020,58. Description
  • Ossipee. Hull built at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N. H.; machinery by Reliance Machine Co., Mystic River, Conn. Commenced, June, 1861; launced, November 16, 1861; completed, November, 1862. Class: Screw steamer; wooden sloop. Commissioned November 6, 1862; went out of commission, Philadelphia Navy Yard, July 3, 1865. Description
  • Otsego, see Tunxis.
  • Otsego. Built at New York by contract hull by J. A. & D. D. Westervelt; machinery by Fulton Works. Class: Side-wheel steamer; double-ender. Sunk, December 9, 1864, in Roanoke River, by a torpedo. Cost of repairs while in naval service was $4929.91. After the Otsego was sunk her battery was recovered and disposed of. Description
  • Ottawa. Built by contract with J. A. Westervelt and Novelty Iron Works, both of New York. Class: Screw steamer; gunboat; wood. Sold at public auction, October 25, 1865, at New York, N. Y., for $13,200. Commissioned, October 7,1861, at New York Navy Yard. All repairs cost $12,291.61. Went out of commission, August 12, 1865, at New York Navy Yard. Description
  • Ouachita. Purchased, September 29, 1863, at Cairo, Ill., by Navy Department. Class Side-wheel steamer. Sold at public auction, September 25, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., to Tait, Able Gill. by Solomon A. Silver, for $25,000. Name changed to Ouachita from Louiseville, her former name, September 25, 1863. Cost of repairs to April 1865, was $91.50 Commissioned, January 18, 1864. Description
  • Owasco. Built by contract with Charles Mallory. Launched, October 5, 1861, at Mystic Conn. Class: Screw steamer; gunboat; wood. Sold at public auction, October 25, 1865, at New York, for $11,900. Delivered, December 6, 1861, at New York Navy Yard. Commissioned,January 23, 1862, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission there, July 12, 1865. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $1,025.80. Description
  • Ozark. Built by contract with George C. Bestor, Mound City, Ill. Launced, February 18, 1863, and taken to St. Louis to put in her machinery. Class: Twin-screw steamer; iron-clad: wood. Sold at auction, November 29, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., to F.B. Ellis & Brother. Commissioned, February 18, 1864, at Cairo, Ill.; went out of commission, July 24,1865, at Mound City, Ill. For extra work on theOzark, Mr. Bestor was allowed $9.134.20. Description.

Ship names beginning with P

  • P. B. Van Houten, seeJasmine.
  • Palos. Built at Chelsea, Mass., under contract with James Tetlow, July 1866. Class: Screw steamer; iron. Total cost of repairs to 2d quarter of 1889 was $104,361.15 Description
  • Pampero. Purchased July 7, 1861, at  New York, from J. Bishop & Co., by George D. Morgan. Class: Sailing vessel. Sold at public auction October 1, 1867, at New York, by Admiral C. H. Bell, for $6,000. Total cost of repairs while in the Government service was $12, 931.36 Description
  • Panola, see Pinola.
  • Pansy. Transferred, September 30, 1862 by War Department. Steam tug. Sold September 1, 1868, at Mound City, Ill., for $450. Formerly namedSamson from which it was changed to Pansy, October 24, 1862. September 2 1863, carrying no battery, she was used as a tug on Western rivers. Description
  • Para. Harris & Co., for $10.300. Commissioned February 4, 1862, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission August 5, 1865, at Boston. December 5, 1861, the Para was selected to be converted into a mortar boat. Total cost of repairs while in service of Government was $22,555.46. She was altered for naval service by T. Z. Tucker at a cost of $1,791.15. Description
  • Passaconaway. Hull built by Government at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N. H.; machinery by contract with C. H. Delamater, New York, N. Y. Class: Screw steamer; double-turreted monitor; wood and iron. She was condemned under act of Congress August 5, 1882, and broken up in 1884 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N. H. She was originally named Passaconaway, but was changed to Thunderer, June 15, 1869; thence to Massachusetts, August 10, 1869. Two turrets were constructed by the Atlantic Works, South Boston, Mass.  Side armor contracted for by M. K. Moorhead & Co., Pittsburgh, Pa. Commenced in November 1863. Description
  • Passaic. Built by contract with John Ericsson, Green Point N. Y. Delivered by contractor, November 25, 1862. Launced August 30, 1862. Class: Screw steamer; single-turrected monitor; wood and iron. Turned over 1890-5-6, to the Massachusetts Naval Militia; then to Georgia Naval Militia, 1896-7-8. Commissioned November 25, 1862, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission June 16, 1865, at Philadelphia. She was altered and repaired by John Roach from January, 1874, to July 1875, at a cost of $193,740.which is included in the total cost of repairs to January 1, 1889, $256,142.82. Description
  • Patapsco. Built December, 1862, at Wilmington, Del., by contract with John Ericsson. Launched September 27, 1862. Class: Screw streamer; single-turret monitor; wood and iron. Sunk by torpedo, January 16, 1865, below Sumter, Charleston, S. C. Commander S. P. Quackenbush, commanding. Commissioned January 2, 1863, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs, sundries and extra work was $26,730.40.Description
  • Patriot. Purchased August 13, 1861, at Baltimore, Md. by Captain H. S. Stellwagen. Schooner. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet. Description
  • Patroon. Purchased October 28, 1861. at Trenton, N. J., by George D. Morgan. from R. T. Loper. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, December 30, 1862, Philadelphia, Pa., by commandant Philadelphia Yard, for $11,200. Commissioned March 18, 1862, at New York Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in Government service was $22,249.56.Description
  • Paul Jones. Built by contract; hull by J. J. Abrahams, Baltimore, Md.; Machinery by Reaney, Son, & Archbold, Chester, Pa. Class: Side - wheel steamer; gunboat. Sold July 13, 1867, at New York, N. Y., for $10,000. Commissioned July 9, 1862, at Baltimore Md.; September 15, 1863, at New York Navy Yard; April 1, 1865, Boston Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $39,017.47. Description
  • Paul Jones, Jr. -  Built in 1863-64, Steam launch. Sod. August 17, 1865. Description
  • Pawnee. Hull built at Philadelphia Navy Yard; machinery by Reaney, Neafie & Co., Philadelphia, Pa. Commenced, October, 1858 and completed in September, 1860. Luanched October 8, 1859. Class: Twin-screw steamer; 2d-class sloop; wood. Sold May 3, 1884, at Port Royal, S. C., to M. H. Gregory, Great Neck, N. Y. for $6,011. Finally went out of commission July 26, 1865. This vessel is sometimes spoken of as the Griffith ship. Description
  • Paw Paw. Purchased April 9, 1863, at Chicago, Ill., by Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, from J.Van Vortwick. Class: Center-wheel steamer; wood. Sod at public auction, August 17, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., to Samuel Nancil, by Sol. A. Silver, for $5,850. Description
  • Pawtucket. Built by Government at Portsmouth Navy Yark; machinery by Gardner & Lake, Providence, R. I. Launched March 19,1863; arrived at Providence, R. I., for machinery. May 4, 1863. Delivered to Government at New York Navy Yard, May 18, 1864. Class: Side-wheel steamer; double-ender; wood. Sold October 15, 1867, at New York, for $15,000. Commissioned August 26, 1864, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission there June 15, 1865. Cost of repairs whil in the naval service was $2.947.45. Description
  • Pembina. Built by contract with Thomas Stack and Novelty Iron Works, New York, N. Y. Class: Screw steamer; gunboat; wood. Sold November 30, 1865, at New York, for $14,100. Commissioned October 16, 1861 , at New York Navy Yard; was completed October 18, 1861, when she went to sea. Finally went out of commission September 22, 1865, at Washington Navy Yard. Total cost of repairt while in the naval service was $14,239,50. Description
  • Penguin. Purchased, May 23, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by Commodore S. L. Breese. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at publice auction, September 8, 1865, at Boston Navy Yard, by Horatio Harris & Co., to Fogg & Co., for $22,500. Commissioned, June 25, 1861, at Brooklyn Navy Yard; went out of commission, finally, August 24, 1865, at Boston. Cost of repairs while in the naval service was $448.16.  Description
  • Penobscot. Built by contract with C. P. Carter, Belfast, Me., and the Allaire Works, New York, N. Y. Launched, November 19, 1861, at the former place. January 16, 1862, she was delivered to the Government at Boston Navy Yard. Class: Screw steamer; gunboat; wood. Sold, October 19, 1869, at Portsmouth, N. H., to Nehemiah Gibson, for $6,700. Went out of commission at New York Navy Yard, July 31, 1865. For extra work C. P. Carter was paid $385. Total cost of repairs while in the naval service was $31, 621.01. Description
  • Pensacola. Built at Warrington Navy Yard, Fla. Launched August 13, 1859. Class: Screw steamer; 1st-class sloop. Commissioned, December 5, 1859, at Warrington, Fla.; went out of commission, at New York Navy Yard, April 29, 1864, finally. Description
  • Pennsylvania.Launched, July 17, 1837, at Philadelphia, Pa. Class: Sailing ship-of-the-line, Burned, April 20, 1861, at Norfolk Navy Yard. Cost of repairs from June 30, 1853, to March 5, 1861, was $16,302.50. Description
  • Peony. Purchased December 7, 1864, at Philadelphia, Pa., by Commodore C. K. Stribling from Bishop & Sons. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at Public auction, August 1, 1865, at Boston, Mass., to S. & J. M. Flanagan, by Horatio Harris, for $16.200. Purchased under name of Republic. She was well built; bottom sheathed with yellow metal. She was completely fitted with all necessary articles, including an auxiliary steam pump and a distilling apparatus, the cost of which, with other spare machinery, was approximately, $1,000. Description
  • Peoria. Built at New York Navy Yard; machinery by contract with Aetna Iron Works, New York, N. Y. Launched, October 29, 1863, at New York Navy Yard. Class: Side-wheel steamer; double-ender. Sold, August 26, 1868, to R. C. Flanning, for $6,900. Repairs, June 30, 1867, cosst $252.20. Description
  • Peosta. Purchased, June 13, 1861, at Dubuque, Iowa, by Admiral D. D. Porter. Class Side-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, August 17, 1865, at Mound City, IIl., to John W. Waggener, by Solomon A. Silver, for $8,350. Commissioned, October 2, 1863, at Cairo, Ill,; went out of commission, at Mound City, Ill., August 7, 1865. March 25, 1864, cooperated in the repulse of a Confederate attack on Paducah, Ky. Description
  • Pequot. Hull built at Boston Navy Yard; machinery by Woodruff & Beach, Hartford, Conn. Launched, June 4, 1863, and commissioned, January 15, 1864, at Boston Navy Yard. Class: Screw steamer; gunboat; wood. Went out of commssion, June 3, 1865, at New York Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in the naval service was $1,503.82. Description
  • Percy Drayton. Purchased, November 12, 1863, from New York prize court by Navy Department. Sloop. Sold September 2, 1865, at Bay Point. S. C., to George Crane, for $370. Name changed from Hettiwan to Percy Drayton. Description
  • Peri. Purchased, April 30, 1864, at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Rear Admiral D. D. Porter. Class: Stern-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, August 17, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., to Alfred Hoff, by Solomon A. Silver, for $7,200. Navm changed for Reindeer. Commissioned, June 20, 1864, at Mound City, Ill.; wnet out of commission, at Cairo, June 30, 1865. Description
  • Peri. Purchased, November 29, 1861, at Portland. Me,, by G. D. Morgan and R. H. Chappell. Ship. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet. Description
  • Periwinkle. Purchased at Philadelphia, December 9, 1864, by Commodore J. B. Hull from John W. Lynn Class: Screw steamer; white oak; copper-fastened. Lost in the Arctic regions, Hall's expedition. Name changed to Periwinkle from America. Description
  • Perry. Built by Government at Norfolk, Va. Class: Sails; wood. Sold at auction, August 10, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa., for $6,500. At New York Navy Yard. commissioned, April 23, 1861, for East Gulf Squadron; and February 28, 1863, for South Atlantic Squadron. Went out of commission, finally, April 29, 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Captured privateer Savannah, June 3, 1861. Description
  • Peter B. Van Houten, see Jasmine.
  • Peter Demill. Purchased, November 9, 1861, at New London, Conn., by G. D. Morgan & R. H. Chappell.  Bark. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet. Description
  • Peterhoff. Purchased, February, 1863, from New York prize court by Navy Department. 4th rate. Sunk, March 6, 1864, by collision, on coast of North Carolina. Description
  • Petrel. Purchased, December 22, 1862, by Rear-Admiral D. D. Porter, at Cincinnati, Ohio. Class: Tinclad; wood. Captured and destroyed, April 30, 1864, by rebels, above Yazoo City, Miss. Name changed to Petrel from Duchess, under which she was purchased. Description
  • Philadelphia. Taken possession of and transferred by War Department, April 21, 1861. Class: Side-wheel steamer; iron. Sold at public auction, September 15, 1865, at Washington, D. C., by William L. Wall & Co., to N. L. & G. Griswold, for $31,000. August 31, 1865, went out of commission, at Washington Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in the naval service was $18,968.56. Description
  • Philippi. Purchased, February 23, 1864, from Boston prize court by Navy Department. Class: Side-wheel steamer. Destroyed, August 5, 1864, in Mobile Bay. Purchased under name of Ella, from which, February 27, 1864, it was changed to Philippi. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $9,637.17. Description
  • Phineas Sprague, see Flag.
  • Phlox. Purchased, August 2, 1864, at Boston, Mass., by Rear-Admiral S. H. Stringham, from McKay & Aldus. Class: Side-wheel steamer; wood; copper-fastened. Name changed to Phlox from F. W. Lincoln, under which she was purchased. Total cost of repairs to January 1, 1889, was $53, 272.20. Commissioned, September 14, 1864, at Boston, Mass.; went out of commission. July 28, 1865. at Washington D. C. Wrought-iron crank and shaft. Description
  • Phoenix. Purchased, November 9, 1861, at New London, Conn., by G. D. Morgan and R. H. Chappell. Ship. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet. Description
  • Picket Boat, No. 1. Delivered at New York Navy Yard, August 22, 1864. Her machinery was paid for, September 5, 1864. Sundries: September 19, 1864, $2,016.25; October 29, 1864, $423.34. Repairs at Philadelphia, July 31 and August 31, 1867, cost $113.47; at Norfolk, June 30, 1867, $545.84. Description
  • Picket Boat, No. 2. Crew captured and boat destroyed, October 18, 1864, in Great Wicomico River, Md. Her machinery was paid for on September 5, 1864, Repairs at Norfolk, June 30, 1866, cost $87.53; sundries, September 19, 1865, $2,016.25; October 29, 1864. $434.34. Description
  • Picket Boat, No. 3. Screw steamer. Cut adrift from her ship on night of February 19, 1865, at mouth of Cape Fear River and drifted to sea. January 7, 1865, she was at Norfolk, for sheathing, etc., L. H. Hoagland was paid $1,632.53. Sundries, September 19, 1864, cost $2,016.25. March 3, 1865, Clute Brothers were paid $47.50. for her propeller wheel. C. H. Delamater was paid, June 2, 1865, $99.30 for a blower. Description
  • Picket Boat, No. 4. Built by contract, August, 1864, at East Boston, Mass. Screw steamer; wood. Repairs at Norfolk, June 30, 1865-6-7. cost $1.099.62. June 2, 1865, ordered to be laid up and carefully protected from the weather at Norfolk Navy Yard. Description
  • Picket Boat, No. 5. Built by contract in summer of 1864 at Boston, Mass. Screw steamer. Machinery was paid for on November 11, 1864. For materials. Bartow & Sons were paid $1,515.73. November 28, 1864. For steam pipe, Campbell & Hardwick were paid, December 24, 1864. $305. Repairs at Norfolf, June 30, 1866 , cost $1,900. Description
  • Picket Boat, No. 6. Built by contract in summer of 1864. Screw steamer. August 4, 1865, ordered to be turned over to ordinance yard, Washington, D. C. Retransferred. September 6, 1865, from the Ordinance to the navy yard. Washington. The machinery was paid for December 24, 1864. June 30, 1865. repairs at Norfolk cost $266.08. Description
  • Pilgrim. Built by contract with Pusey, Jones & Co., Wilmington, Del. Launched November 1, 1864. Class: Screw steamer; iron. Dropped. January 1, 1889, from Navy Register. After a satisfactory trial trip, delivered to Government at Philadelphia Navy Yard. March 2, 1865. Description
  • Pilgrim. Purchased, July 18, 1864, at Philadelphia, Pa., by Commodore C. K. Stribling; Bishop, agent. Canal boat. Purchased to sink, with 60 tons of stone on board, and sent to Baltimore, Md., to Commodore Dornin. Stone Fleet. Description
  • Pink. Purchased, December 14, 1863, from New York & Glen Cove Steam Navigation Co., by Rear Admiral Gregory. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, July 12, 1865, at New York, N. Y., by Burdett, Jones & Co., to M. O. Roberts, for $9.000. Name changed from Zouave.Commissioned, February 6, 1864. Total cost of repairs while in the naval service was $22, 023.24. Description
  • Pinola. Built by contract with J. J. Abrahams and Charles Reeder, Baltimore, Md. Class: Screw steamer; gunboat; wood. Sold, November 30, 1865, Commissioned, January 29, 1862, at Baltimore, Md. July 18, 1865, ordered to be laid up at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Cost of repairs while in the naval service was $532.96. Description
  • Pinta. Built by contract with Reaney, Son & Archbold, Chester, Pa. Launched, October 29, 1864. Class: Screw steamer; iron. Class: Screw steamer; iron. Total cost of repairs to end of first quarter of 1889 was $143.743.32. Description
  • Piscataqua, seeChimo.
  • Piscataqua. Built by Government; hull at Portsmough Navy Yard; machinery by Woodruff & Beach, Hartford, Conn. Launched at Portsmouth,  N. H., in 1863. Class: Screw sloop; spar deck. Sold at New York, February, 1877, to Nat. McKay, for $5,175. Name changed to Delaware, May 15, 1869. Date of contract for machinery was November 1, 1863. to be completed within 11 months from that date, provided the vessel be place at contractor's command within 8 months; otherwise, within 3 months from time they shall be notified that the vessel is at their command. Description
  • Pittsburg. One of the seven gunboats built by contract with James B. Eads, at St. Louis, Mo. Transferred by War Department. Class: Ironclad. Sold at auction, November 29, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., to Cutting & Ellis (plates sold separtely), for $3,100. December 12, 1862, took part in Yazoo River Expedition, March 14-24, 1863, took part in Steele's Bayou Expedition. On night April 6-7, 1862, ran past batteries of Island No. 10. Description
  • Planter. Run out of Charleston, S. C., by Robert Smalls, colored pilot, and surrendered to the blockading fleet, May 13, 1862. Class: wood. Sold, September 10, 1862, to War Department; but not paid for. In service but few months; transferred because not a coal burner. Description
  • Plymouth, see Kenosha.
  • Plymouth. Class: Sailing sloop-of-war. Burned and scuttled at Norfolk Navy Yard, April 20, 1861, to prevent capture by Confederates.Description
  • Pocohontas. Purchased at Boston, Mass., March 20, 1855. Class: Screw steamer; second-class sloop. Sold November 30, 1865, at New York, for $18,600. The City of Boston changed to Despatch when purchsed. January 27, 1860, changed to Pocahontas by department. Enlarged at Norfolk yard in 1859. Commissioned March 19, 1860, at Norfolk Navy Yard, and March 16, 1864, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Went out of commission July 31, 1865, at New York Navy Yard. New boilers were put in her in March, 1857, by Pease & Murphy, of New York, for $5,414.22. It was frequently necessary to repair her; was enlarged at Norfolk Navy Yard in 1859. Description
  • Polar Star, see Cactus.
  • Pompanoosuc. Hull built by Government at Boston Navy Yard; machinery, Corliss Steam Engine Co., Providence, R. I. Class: Screw frigate. This vessel is of the Ammonoosuc type. Name changed from Pompanoosuc to Connecticut, May 15, 1869. Description
  • Pontiac. Built by contract with Hillman & Streaker and Neafie, Levy & Co., both of Philadelphia, Pa. Class: side-wheel steamer; double- ender. Sold October 15, 1867, to John Roach for $15,000. Delivered at Philadelphia Navy Yard and commissioned July 7, 1864. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $8,594.35. Went out ouf commission, at Navy Yard, New York, New York, June 21, 1865. Description
  • Pontiac, see Larkspur.
  • Pontoosuc. Built by contract with G. W. Lawrence and the Portland Locomotive Co., Portland, Me. Class: Side-wheel steamer; double- ender; wood. Sold, October 3, 1866, Mass., for $6,800.  Commissioned, May 10, 1864, at Portland, Me.; went out of commission, July 5, 1865, at Boston, Mass. Description
  • Poppy. Purchased at Philadelphia, October 31, 1863, by Commodore C. K. Stribling, from J. Alderdice. Class: Screw steamer; white oak. Sold at New York, November 30, 1865, to William Farrington, by Burdett, Jones & Co., for $7,700. Name changed to Poppy from Addie Douglass; built in a strong and substantial manner; bottom at water line covered with iron. November 8, 1865, Poppy was in ordinary at the Norfolk Navy Yard. Commissioned, November 10, 1863, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $5,016.  Description
  • Port Fire. Hull built at Portsmouth, N. H. Powder tug. Description
  • Port Royal. Built by contract with Thomas Stack, New York, N. Y. Class: Side-wheel steamer; double-ender. Sold, October 3, 1866, at Boston, Mass., for $4,500. Commissioned, April 26, 1862, at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $15,939.02. Description
  • Portsmouth. Launched, October 23, 1843. Class: Sailing sloop-of-war; wood. October 1, 1861, out of commission at Portsmouth, N. H. December 1, 1861, recommissioned; finally went out of commission, September 11, 1865, at New York Navy Yard. Description
  • Potomac. Built by Government at Washington Navy Yard. Launched 1822, at Washington, D. C. Class: Sailing frigate; wood. Sold May 24, 1877, at Philadelphia, Pa., to E. Stanuard, for $12,400. Commissioned August 20, 1861, at New York Navy Yard. She was commenced August 9, 1819, Was flagship at Pensacola. Description
  • Potomac. Purchased November 1, 1861, at Nantucket, R. I., by George D. Morgan & R. H. Chappell. Purchased to sink. Stone fleet. Description
  • Potomska. Purchased September 25, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan from H. Haldrege. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at Public auction, August 10, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa., by Samuel C. Cook, for $7,100. At New York Navy Yard, December 20, 1861, commissioned for repairs, out of commission at Philadelphia, August 1862, and at Baltimore, March, 1864. Recommissioned June 21, 1864. Finally went out of commission June 16, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa. Total cost of repairs while in Government service was $49,099.76. Description
  • Powhatan, see King Philip.
  • Powhatan. 1, 1861, at Brooklyn Navy Yard. April 5, 1861, recommissioned, November 13, 1861, went out of commission, at New York; recommissioned August 9, 1862, at Philadelphia. Description
  • Prairie Bird. Purchased as the Mary Miller, December 19, 1862, at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, U. S. Navy. Class: Stern-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, August 17, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., by Solomon A. Silver, to Henry Morton, for $8,500. Commissioned at Cairo, Ill. Description
  • Preble. Class: Sailing sloop. Burned accidentally, April 27, 1863, at Pensacola, Fla., W. F. Shankland, acting master, commanding. October 12, 1861, took part in engagement with ram Manassas and other vessels at Head of the Passes. Description
  • Preston. Purchased, October 31, 1864, from New York prize court by the Navy Department. Class: Double-screw steamer; iron. Sold, November 30, 1865, at New York, for $17,200. Name changed from Annie to Preston. Commissioned, February 6, 1865, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission, August 8, 1865, at Philadelphia. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $507.79. She has a round stern, light spar deck fore and aft, two masts, and two screws. Description
  • Primrose. Purchased, January 14, 1863, at Washington, D. C., by Bureau of Construction and Repair, from A. H. Cunningham.Description
  • Princess, see Naiad.
  • Princess Royal.Purchased, March 18, 1863, from Philadelphia prize court by Navy Department. Class: Screw steamer. Sold at public auction, August 17, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa., by Samuel C. Cook, for $54,175. Commissioned, May 29, 1863, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in the government service was $46,000.47. Description
  • Princeton. Launched in 1851, at Boston, Mass. Class: Screw steamer; permanent store and receiving ship; wood. Sold, October 9, 1866, at Philadelphia, Pa., for $13,000. June 26, 1866, the President granted authority to break up or sell the Princeton. Description
  • Proteus. Purchased, October, 5, 1863, at New York, N. Y., by Rear Admiral Gregory, from William P. Williams. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, July 12, 1865, at New York, N. Y., to Hooper & Co. for $75,500, by Burdett, Jones & Co. Delivered, February 4, 1864, to Government at New York Navy Yard, where she was commissioned March 10, 1864. Total cost of repairs while in the naval service was $25,066.21. Description
  • Pulaski. Class: Side-wheel steamer; 3d class; wood. Condemned and sold at public auction, January 22, 1863, for $9,062.50, at Montevideo. Uruguay, where she went out of commission. The old stores, spare boats, and anchors of the Pulaski were separately sold from the ship, bringing $1,624.73. Description
  • Puritan. Built by contract with John Ericsson, at Green Point, L. I., where she was launched, July 2, 1864. Class: Ironclad monitor. Contract price for Puritan was $155,000. For rebuiilding her from May, 1876, to February 1885, John Roach was paid $475,553.73. Total cost of repairs while in naval service was $47,687.05. Description
  • Pursuit. Purchase, September 3, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan, from Fabbri & Chauncey. Class: Sailing vessel; wood. Sold at public auction, July 12, 1864, at New York, N. Y., to A. Holbrook, by Burdett, Jones & Co., for $16,800. Total cost of repairs while in Government service was $27,010.18. Commissioned, December 17, 1861, at New York, N. Y. Went out of commission, June 5, 1875, at New York Navy Yard. Description
  • Purveyor seeJ. C. Kuhn.
  • Pushmataha. Hull built by Government at Philadelphia Navy Yard; machinery by contract with Morris, Towne & Co., Phladelphia, Pa. Class: Screw steamer; sloop. Sold, September 27, 1883, at Portsmouth, N. H., to H. P. Lynch, for $26,006. May 15, 1869, name changed from Pushmataha to Cambridge; August 10, 1869, again changed to Congress. Total cost of repairs while in the Government service was $40,052.89. Finally went out of commission, July 26, 1876. Description
  • Putnam, see William G. Putnam.

Ship names beginning with Q

  • Quaker City. Chartered, April 25, 1861, for 30 days; purchased, August, 12, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan, from Hargous & Co. Class: Side-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, June 20, 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, by Samuel C. Cook, for $35,000. Commissioned, December 14, 1861, at New York. Total cost of repairs while in the Government service was $103,574.38. Description
  • Queen. Captured, June 21, 1863, by the Santiago de Cuba. Purchased, September 29, 1863, from Boston prize court by Navy Department. Class: Screw steamer; iron. Sold, tender after auction, October 16, 1865, at New York, by Admiral C. H. Bell, to Smith & Dunning, for $51,300. She was the blockade runner Victory;  name changed, August 1, 1863, from Victory  to Queen. Commissioned, April 15, 1865; went out of commission, June 21, 1865, at New York Navy Yard. Description
  • Queen City. Purchased, February 13, 1863, at Cincinati, Ohio, by Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, from Samuel Wiggins, Cairo, Ill. Class: Side-wheel steamer; wood. Captured by rebels and sunk at Clarendon, White River, Arkansas, June 24, 1864. Commissioned, April 1, 1863, at Cincinati, Ohio. Description
  • Queen of the West. Transferred by War Department. Ram. Grounded and captured February 14, 1863. Description
  • Quinnebaug. Built by Government at New York Navy Yard. Launced, March 31, 1866. Class: Twin screw steamer; gunboat. First commissioned, July 19, 1867, at New York. Total cost of repairs while on South Atlantic station was $1,509.09. Description
  • Quinsigamond. Built by contract; hull at navy yard, machinery at Atlantic Works, Boston, Mass.Class: Twin screw steamer; double-turreted monitor. Broken up at Boston, 1884. Name changed to Hercules, June 15, 1869; from Hercules to Oregon, August 10, 1869. James Tetlow, Boston, Mass., contracted for the turrets. Phoenix Iron Co., of Philadelphia, contracted for wrought-iron stringers. Work suspended, November 30, 1865. Moorhead & Co. were contractors for the armor plating. J. Baird contracted for the truss frames and for ventilating purposes. This vessel was never finished. Description

Ship names beginning with R

  • R. B. Forbes. Purchased, September 20, 1861, at Boston, Mass., by Captain W. L. Hudson. Class: Twin Screw steamer; wood. Wrecked, February 25, 1862, near Currituck Inlet, N. C. December 20, 1861, out of commission at New York; recommissioned, February 12, 1862. Cost of repairs on her while in Government service was $6, 818.74. Description
  • R. E. Lee., see Fort Donelson.
  • R. F. Loper, see Gamma.
  • R. T. Renshaw, see Renshaw.
  • R. R. Cuyler. Chartered, May 1861, for three months; purchased, August 24, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan, from H. B. Cromwell & Co. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, August 15, 1865, at New York, by Burdett, Jones & Co., to Russel Sturgis, for $81,000. Commissioned, May 23, 1864, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission, July 1, 1865, at New York. Total cost of repairs while in the Government service was $73,392.61. Description
  • Racer. Purchased, August 29, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan. Class: Sailing mortar schooner; wood. Sold at public auction, September 27, 1865, at New York, to Mr. White, by Burdett, Jones & Co., for $9,500. Commissioned January 21, 1862, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commison, September 2, 1865, at New York. Fitted, at a cost of $3,416.94, for service in the Navy by W. H. Webb. Cost of repairs on her to January 1, 1863, was $23,064.42. Description
  • Rachel Miller, see Reindeer.
  • Rachel Seaman. Purchased, September 20, 1861, at Philadelphia, Pa., by Rear Admiral Du Pont. Class: Sailing vessel; wood. Sold at public auction, May 30, 1865, at New York, by Burrdett, Jones & Co., for $13,500, to Mr. Wiggins. Commissioned, November 16, 1861, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Went out of commission, May 22, 1865, at New York. Total cost of repairs while in service of the Government was $15,665 ,82. Description
  • Raritan. Class: Sailing frigate. Burned, April 20, 1861, at Norfolk Navy Yard. Wreck sold in 1867. Description
  • Rattler. Purchased by Rear-Admiral D. D. Porter, November 11, 1862, at Cincinnati, Ohio. Class: Steamer; wood. Driven ashore in a gale and abandoned, December 30, 1864, near Grand Gulf, Miss. Formerly the Florence Miller. Authorized
  • Rebecca Sims. Purchased October 21, 1861, at Fairhaven, Mass., by George D. Morgan & R. H. Chappell. Ship. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet. Description
  • Red Rover. Captured; purchased from Illinois prize court September 30, 1862, by Navy Department. Class: Side-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, November 29, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., by Solomon A. Silver, to A. M. Carpenter, for $4,500. Commissioned December 26, 1862, at Cairo, Ill. Description
  • Reindeer, see Peri.
  • Reindeer. Purchased June 13, 1863, at Cincinnati Ohio, by Rear Admiral D. D. Porter. Class: Stern-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction August 17, 1865, at Mound City, Ill., to J. A. Williamson et all., by Solomon A. Silver, for $12,200. Purchased under name of Rachel Miller. Commissioned July 25, 1863, at Cincinnati, Ohio; went out of commission, August 7, 1865, at Mound City, Ill. Description
  • Release. Purchased April 3, 1855, at Boston, Mass. Class: Sails; storeship; wood. Sold at auction, October 25, 1865, at New York, for $14,600. Commissioned October 16, 1860, at Boston Navy Yard; August 24, 1863, at Boston Navy Yard. Finally went out of commission, October 6, 1865, at Port Royal S. C. In April and May 1855, the Release was repaired at New York Navy Yard at a cost of $34,146.80. Description
  • Reliance, see Hollyhock.
  • Reliance. Purchased, May 7, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by Navy Department from A. Degroot. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Captured, August 23, 1863, in Rappahannock River, Va. Acting Ensign Henry Walter was commanding when she was captured. Description
  • Relief. Class: Sails storeship; wood. Sold, September 27, 1863, at Washington, D. C., to J. B. Agnew. Commissioned January 29, 1861, at New York Navy Yard; December 3, 1861, at New York Navy Yard; April 29, 1864, at Boston Navy Yard. Went out of commission October 22, 1861, at New York Navy Yard; December 5, 1863, at Boston Navy Yard, when she was ordered to be fitted out for a permanent storeship. Description
  • Renshaw. Purchased, October 28, 1863, from Boston prize court by Navy Department. Class: Sailing vessel. Sold at auction, August 28, 1865, at Norfolk Navy Yard, for $785. This vessel is a prize, captured by the U. S. Navy in 1862, and has since been used for an ordnance hulk. July 31, 1865, she was at Norfolk Navy Yard; August 12, 1865, she was condemned and settled for, and hence can be sold. Name changed from R. T. Renshaw.Description
  • Republic. Class: Screw steamer. Sold at public auction, August 1, 1865, at Boston Navy Yard, for $16,200. Name change4d to Peony. Description
  • Republic, see Peony.
  • Resaca. Built by Government at Portsmouth Navy Yard. Launched November 18, 1865. Sold at Mare Island, Calif., February, 1873, to Godall, Nelson & Perkins, for $41,000. Total cost of naval repairs whil in service was $110,048.70.Description
  • Rescue. Purchased August 21, 1861, at Wilmington, Del., by Rear Admiral Du Pont. Class: Screw steamer; tug. IN 1889 an unserviceable fire tug at Washington Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs whil in Government service was $38,296.33.Description
  • Resolute, see Myrtle.
  • Resolute. Purchased May 7, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by Navy Department from A. Degroot. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Sold at public auction June 24, 1865, at Washington, by William L. Wall Co., to T. J. Southard, for $6,300. Cost of repairs while in the naval service was $2,266.44 Went out of commission May 26, 1865, at Washington Navy Yard. Description
  • Restless, see Mistletoe.
  • Restless. Purchased August 26, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan from Everett & Hawley. Class: Sailing vessel; wood. Sold at public auction, September 21, 1865, at Philiadelphia, Pa., by Samuel C. Cook, for $9,000. Commissioned December 24, 1862, at New York Navy Yard; went out of commission July 19, 1863, at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in Government service was $27,937.09. Description
  • Rhode Island. Purchased July 8, 1861, at  New York, by George D. Morgan from Spofford, Tileston & Co. Class: Side-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, October 1, 1867, at New York, to G. W. Quintard, by Burdett, Jones & Co., for $70,000. Name changed from Eagle, when purchased, to Rhode Island. Originally, she was the John P. King; was burned, rebuilt, and name changed to Eagle. November 11, 1862, she was ordered to be converted into a cruiser at Boston Navy Yard. Total cost of repairs while in the naval service was $106,674.33. Commissioned, July 29, 1861, at New York Navy Yard; October 3, 1864, at Boston Navy Yard. Description
  • Richard Vaux. Purchased, July 16, 1864, at Philadelphia, Pa., by Commodore C. K. Stribling, from Bishop, Agent. Canal Boat. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet. This boat was purchased with 60 tons of stone on board and was ordered to be sent to Commodore Dornin at Baltimore, Md. Description
  • Richmond. Built by Government; hull at Norfolk Navy Yard; machinery at Washington Navy Yard. Lauched, January 26, 1869, at the former. Class: Screw steamer; 1st-class sloop; wood. Went out of commission, July 14, 1865, at Boston Navy Yard. Description
  • Roanoke. Hull built by Government at Norfolk Navy Yard; machinery at Richmond, Va., by Anderson, Delaney & Co. Launched, December 13, 1855, at the former. Class: Screw steamer; frigate; wood. Sold at Chester, Pa., September 27, 1883, to E. Stannard & Co., Westbrook, Conn., for $45,070.60. Altered, 1862-3, to 3 turreted ironclad by Novelty Iron Works, New York. Commissioned June 20, 1861, at New York Navy Yard; June 29, 1863, at New York Navy Yard. Went out of commission at New York Navy Yard, March 25, 1862, and June 20, 1865. Description
  • Robb, see Alfred Robb.
  • Robin Hood. Purchased October 20, 1861, at Mystic, Conn., by G. D. Morgan & R. H. Chappell. Ship Purchased to sink. Stone fleet. Description
  • Rocket. Purchased October 12, 1863, at New York, by Rear Admiral H. Pauling, from Copeland & Howe, for ordnance tug at New York Navy Yard. Screw steamer. Name changed to Rocket  from J. D. Billard, when purchased. Before she was taken by the Government, the owners fitted her up with boats, awnings, a mast for hoisting cargo, yellow metaled the bottom, fitted in a steam pump, and supplied 200' of hose.Description
  • Rudolph. Purchased December 31, 1863, at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, from H. A. Jones & T. Shetlock. Class: Side-wheel steamer; wooden tinclad. Destroyed by a torpedo, April 1, 1865, in Blakely River, Alabama, while attacking rebel forts. Commissioned May 28, 1864, at New Orleans, La., for the West Gulf Squadron. Total cost of repairs while in the naval service was $3,791.91.  Description
  • Roebuck. Purchased, July 21, 1861, at New York, N. Y., by George D. Morgan, from Reynolds & Cushman. Class: Sailing vessel; wood. Sold at public auction, July 20, 1865, at Portsmouth, N. H., to M. Bartlett, by Charles Clark, for $14,100. Commissioned, November 8, 1861, for South Atlantic and East Gulf Squadrons, at New York Navy Yard. Finally went out of commission, October 17, 1864, at New York. Total cost of repairs to her while in the service was $28,138.16. Description
  • Rolling Wave. Purchased, July 19, 1864, at Philadelphia, Pa., by Commodore C. K. Stribling, from Bishop, agent. Canal Boat. Purchased to sink. Stone Fleet. Purchased with 60 tons of stone on board and sent to Baltimore, Md., to Commodore Dornin. Description
  • Roman. Purchased, May 18-22, 1861, at New Bedford, Mass., by Commodore S. L. Breese, from Henry F. Thomas. Class: Sailing ordnance storeship. Sold at public auction, November 30, 1865, at New York, N. Y., by Burdett. Jones & Co., to Mr. Hammill, for $4,600. The Roman was formerly a whaler. Cost of repairs to her while employed by the Government was $2,625.14. Description
  • Romeo. Purchased, October 31, 1862, at Cincinnati, Ohio, by Commodore J. B. Hull. Class: Stern-wheel steamer; wood. Sold at public auction, August 17, 1865, at Mound  City, Ill., by Solomon A. Silver, to Nathaniel Williams for $7,100. June 30, 1865, went out of commission at Mound City, Ill, Total cost of repairs whil in the Government service was $11,524.93. Description
  • Rosalie. Purchased May 6, 1863, from Key West prize court by Navy Department. Class: Sailing vessel. Sold at public auction, June 28, 1865, at Key West, Fla., by A. Patterson, to Benjamin Roberts, for $1,610. Description
  • Rose. Purchased at New York, December 12, 1863, by Rear Admiral Gregory, from Lawrence Fisher. Class: Screw steamer; wood. Purchased under name of Ai Fitch. In service as tug at Pensacola. Commissioned, February 8, 1864 at New York Navy Yard. Description

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