Ships
of the
U.S. Navy 

The Civil War
1862

INDEX - 1861 - 1862 - 1863 - 1864 - 1865 - TOP

1862

Ships Laid Down:

Ship

Tonnage

Armament
(#=pound, R=rifled, H=howitzer)

Notes

Screw gunboats

Nyack

836

1-100#R, 2-9”, 1-30#R, 2-24#H, 1-12#H

 

Shawmut

836

1-100#R, 2-9”, 1-30#R, 2-24#H, 1-12#H

 

Yantic

836

1-100#R, 2-9”, 1-30#R, 2-24#H, 1-12#H

 

Kansas

836

1-150#R, 2-9”, 1-30#R, 2-20#R, 2-12#R

 

Maumee

836

1-100#R, 1-30#R, 4-24#H, 1-12#H

 

Nipsic

836

1-150#R, 2-11”, 1-30#R, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Pequot

836

1-150#R, 1-30#R, 6-32#, 2-24#H, 1-12#R

 

Saco

836

1-100#R, 1-30#R, 6-32#, 1-24#H, 1-12#H

 

All retained in service for several years after the war.

Double-enders

Agawam

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Algonquin

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Ascushnet

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

Completed 1862

Iosco

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Mackinaw

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Massasoit

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Mattabessett

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Metacomet

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Sassacus

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Wateree

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-12#H

 

Chenango

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Eutaw

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Lenapee

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

Completed 1864

Mendota

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Mingoe

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Otsego

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Pawtuxet

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Peoria

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Pontiac

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Pontoosuc

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Shamrock

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Tallahoma

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Tallapoosa

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Winooski

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Wyalusing

1175

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-24#H, 2-20#R

 

Chicopee

1175

2-100#R, 4-11”, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

Osceola

1175

2-100#R, 2-9”, 1-24#H

 

Tacony

1175

2-11”, 3-9”, 1-24#H, 2-12#H

 

All completed in 1863 except as noted. All sold out of service between 1865 and 1870 except Otsego (destroyed during war), Wateree (wrecked on coast of Chile 1868), and Tallapoosa (retained until 1892).

Casemate Ironclad Ram

Dunderberg

7000

2-15”, 8-11”

 

Sold to France on completion in 1865.

Tower Ironclad

Keokuk

800

2-11”

 

Ericsson Monitors

Catskill*

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Lehigh

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Montauk

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Nahant*

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Nantucket*

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Passaic

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Patapsco

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Sangamon**

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Weehawken

1875

1-15”, 1-11”

 

Camanche

1875

2-15#

 

All completed late 1862 or early 1863.

*Catskill changed to Goliath, Nahant to Atlas, and Nantucket to Medusa  in June 1869, all changed back in August.

**Changed to Jason in July 1869.

Large Ericsson Type Monitors

Canonicus*

2100

2-15”

Completed 1863

Catawba

2100

2-15”

Completed 1865

Mahopac*

2100

2-15”

Completed 1864

Manayunk*

2100

2-15”

Completed 1864

Manhattan*

2100

2-15”

Completed 1863

Onesta

2100

2-15”

Completed 1865

Saugus*

2100

2-15”

Completed 1863

Tecumseh

2100

2-15”

Completed 1863

Tippecanoe*

2100

2-15”

Completed 1864

*Canonicus changed to Scylla, Mahopac to Castor, Manhattan to Neptune, Saugus to Centaur, Tippecanoe to Vesuvius in June 1869; all changed back in August except for Tippecanoe which was then named Wyandotte. Manyunk changed to Ajax in 1869.

Small River Monitors

Marietta*

560

2-11”

Completed 1864

Sandusky

560

2-11”

Completed 1864

*Changed to Circe in June 1869, changed back in August.

Stern-wheel River Monitors

Neosho*

523

2-11”

Completed 1863

Osage

523

2-11”

Completed 1863

Ozark

523

2-11”

Completed 1863

*Name changed to Vixen in June 1869, changed to Osceola in August.

Seagoing Ericsson Monitors

Dictator

4438

2-15”

Completed 1864

Puritan

4912

2-15”

Completed 1864

Double-turret Monitors

Agamenticus*

3295

4-15”

Completed after war

Miantonomoh

3401

4-15”

Completed after war

Monadnock

3295

4-15”

Completed 1864

Tonawanda*

3400

4-15”

Completed 1864

Onondaga

3100

2-15”, 2-150#R

Completed 1864

*Agamenticus changed to Terror and Tonawanda to Amphitrite in 1869.

 

Ocean Merchant Ships Purchased and Armed:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

Armament
(#=pound, R=rifled, H=howitzer)

Columbine

Side wheeler

133

2-20#R

Commodore Hull

Side wheeler ferry

376

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Commodore McDonough

Side wheeler ferry

?

1-9”, 1-20#R, 4-24#H

Commodore Morris

Side wheeler ferry

532

1-9”, 1-100#R, 4-24#H

Daffodil

Side wheeler tug

173

2-20#R

Dandelion

Screw tug

111

1-12#, 1-12#R

Fort Henry

Side wheeler ferry

579

2-9”, 4-32#

Somerset

Side wheeler ferry

521

2-8”, 4-32#

Violet

Side wheeler tug

166

1-12#, 1-12#R

 

Blockade Runners Captured and Taken into Service:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

Armament / (Capturing Ship)
(#=pound, R=rifled, H=howitzer)

Adela

Side wheeler

585

2-20#R, 4-24#H

Ariel

Schooner

20

1-12# (Housatonic)

Bermuda

Screw

1238

1-9”, 2-30#R (Mercedita)

Calhoun

Side wheeler

508

2-32#, 1-30#R (Colorado)

Circassian

Screw

1750

1-100#R, 4-9” (Somerset)

Columbia

Screw

503

1-30#R, 6024#H (Santiago de Cuba)

Corypheus

Schooner

100

1-30#R, 1-24#H

Ella

Side wheeler

230

2-24#H

Ellis

Side wheeler

?

2-32# (taken by Rowan’s fleet in battle)

Eureka

Screw tug

50

2-12#

Henrick Hudson

Screw

460

4-8”, 2-20#R (Pursuit)

Lodona

Screw

750

1-100#R, 1-11”, 1-30#R, 4-24#H (Unadilla)

Magnolia

Side wheeler

843

1-20#R, 2-24#H (Brooklyn)

Memphis

Screw

791

1-30#R, 4-24#H, 2-12#R (Magnolia)

Princess Royal

Screw

828

1-9”, 2-30#R, 8-24#H

Stettin

Screw

600

1-30#R, 4-24#H (Bienville)

Teaser

Screw tug

90

1-50#R, 1-24#H

Velocity

Schooner

?

2-32#

All sold out of service at the end of the war.

 

River Ships Built:

Ship

Built at

Tonnage

Armament
(#=pound, R=rifled, H=howitzer)

Ironclads

Chillicothe

Cincinnati

395

2-11”, 2-9”

Choctaw

St Louis

1004

3-11”, 2-30#R, 2-24#H

Indianola

Cincinnati

404

2-11”, 2-9”

Lafayette

St Louis

1000

2-11”, 4-9”, 2-100#R

Tuscumbia

Cincinnati

915

3-11”, 2-9”

Completed in winter 1862-63; all remaining sold out of service in 1865.

 

River Ships Purchased, Armored as Tinclads, and Armed:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

Armament
(#=pound, R=rifled, H=howitzer)

Black Hawk

Tinclad

902

2-32#, 2-30#R, 1-12#, 1-12#R

Brialliant

Tinclad

226

2-24#H, 2-12#H, 2-12#R

Cricket

Tinclad

178

6-24#H

Fairplay

Tinclad

156

2-12#, 2-12#R

Curlew

Tinclad

196

6-32#, 1-20#R

Estrella

Tinclad

438

1-30#R, 2-32#, 2-24#H

Forest Rose

Tinclad

260

2-30#R, 4-24#H

General Burnside

Tinclad

201

2-30#R, 3-24#H

Glide

Tinclad

?

6-24#H

Great Western

Tinclad

800

1-12#H, 1-32#, 1-6#R

Judge Torrence

Tinclad

700

2-24#H

Juliet

Tinclad

157

6-24#H

Linden

Tinclad

177

6-24#H

Marmora

Tinclad

207

2-24#H, 2-12#R

New Era

Tinclad

57

6-24#H

Petrel

Tinclad

226

6-24#H

Prairie Bird

Tinclad

171

8-24#H

Rattler

Tinclad

184

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Romeo

Tinclad

175

6-24#H

St. Clair

Tinclad

203

2-12#, 2-12#R, 2-24#H

Signal

Tinclad

190

2-30#R, 4-24#H, 2-12#R

Springfield

Tinclad

146

6-24#H

All sold out of service in 1865.

 

River Ships Captured:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

Armament / (Capturing Ship)
(#=pound, R=rifled, H=howitzer)

Alfred Robb

Stern wheeler

86

2-12#R, 2-12# (Tyler)

Dan

?

?

1-20#R (by boat expedition)

Eastport

Ironclad ram

700

2-50#R, 2-30#R, 4-32# (Conestoga)

General Bragg

Side wheeler ram

850

1-30#R, 1-32#, 1-12#R (at Battle of Memphis)

General Pillow

Stern wheeler

38

2-12#H

General Price

Side wheeler ram

633

4-9” (at Battle of Memphis)

Little Rebel

Screw

151

3-12#R, 2-24#H (at Battle of Memphis)

Sumter

Ram

400

2-32# (at Battle of Memphis)

All sold out of service in 1865.

 

Ellet Rams on the Mississippi:

Ship

Tonnage

Notes

Lancaster

?

Name changed to Kosciusko

Mingo

300

 

Queen of the West

?

 

Monarch

?

 

Switzerland

500

 

T. D. Horner

?

2-12#R

Mostly lost in service; those remaining sold out in 1865.

 

Losses:

Ship

Type

Notes

Adirondack

Screw sloop

Wrecked in Bahama Islands

Monitor

Monitor

Foundered at sea, December 31

Island Belle

Armed steamer

Burned by accident, Appomattox River

Madgie

Armed steamer

Foundered at sea

O. M. Pettit

Armed steamer

Sunk in collision

Patroon

Armed steamer

Sold as useless

R. B. Forbes

Armed steamer

Wrecked in Currituck Inlet

Varuna

Armed steamer

Sunk in battle below New Orleans

Whitehall

Armed steamer

Destroyed by accidental fire

Maria J. Carlton

Mortar schooner

Sunk by gunfire, New Orleans forts

Sidney C. Jones

Mortar schooner

Aground before Vicksburg; burned to prevent capture

Cairo

River ironclad

Torpedoed (struck mine) in Yazoo River

Sumter

River ram

Aground in bayou Sara; blown up

Mingo

Ellet ram

Sunk in collision, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Congress

Sail frigate

Destroyed by C.S.S. Virginia

Cumberland

Sail sloop

Destroyed by C.S.S. Virginia

Henry Andrew

Armed steamer

Wrecked on Cape Henry

INDEX - 1861 - 1862 - 1863 - 1864 - 1865 - TOP


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