Ships
of the
U.S. Navy 

The Civil War
1863

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

1863

Ocean Ships Laid Down:

Ship

Tonnage

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

Notes

Large Double-enders

Mohongo

1370

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

Monocacy

1370

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

Muscoota

1370

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

Shamokin

1370

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

Suwanee

1370

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

Winnepac

1370

2-100#R, 4-9”, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

Ashuelot

1370

4-8”, 2-60#R, 2-20#R, 2-24#H

 

All completed 1865. Suwanee wrecked (1868), Mohongo wrecked (1870), Moscoota, Shamokin, and Winnepac sold out of service (1869), rest retained for many years.

Large Screw Cruisers

Ammonoosuc*

3850

10-9”, 3-60#R, 2-24#H

 

Neshaminy*

3850

10-9”, 3-60#R, 2-24#H

 

Wampanoag*

4215

10-9”, 3-60#R, 2-24#H

 

Pomponoosuc*

4446

10-9”, 3-60#R, 2-24#H

 

Madawaska*

4105

10-9”, 3-60#R, 2-24#H

 

Chattanooga

3046

8-8”, 3-60#R, 2-24#H

Completed 1866

Idaho

3241

8-8”, 3-60#R, 2-24#H

Completed 1866

All completed in 1869 except as noted.
*Names changed in 1869 as follows: Ammonoosuc to Iowa, Neshaminy to Arizona (changed in August to Nevada), Wampanoag to Florida, Pomponoosuc to Connecticut, and Madawaska to Tennessee.

Seagoing Double-turret Monitors

Kalamazoo*

5600

4-15”

 

Passaconaway*

5600

4-15”

 

Quinsigamond*

5600

4-15”

 

Shackamaxon*

5600

4-15”

 

All broken up on stocks before launch.
*Names changed in 1869 as follows: Kalamazoo to Colussus, Passaconaway to Massachusetts, Quinsigamond to Hercules (changed to Oregon in August), and Shackamaxon to Nebraska.

Three-turret Monitor (converted from screw frigate)

Roanoke

 

4-15”, 2-150#R

 

Shallow Draft Monitors

Casco

614

1-11”

Name changed to Hero in 1869

Chimo

614

1-11”

Name changed to Orion, June 1869, to Piscataqua in Aug.

Cohoes

614

1-11”

 

Etlah

614

1-11”

Name changed to Hecate, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Klamath

614

1-11”

Name changed to Harpy, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Koka

614

1-11”

Name changed to Argus, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Modoc

614

1-11”

Name changed to Achilles, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Napa

614

1-11”

Name changed to Nemesis, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Naubuc

614

1-11”

Name changed to Gorgon, June 1869, to Minnetonka in Aug.

Nausett

614

1-11”

Name changed to Aetna, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Shawnee

614

1-11”

Name changed to Eolus, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Shiloh

614

1-11”

Name changed to Iris, June 1869

Squando

614

1-11”

Name changed to Erebus, June 1869, to Algoma in Aug.

Suncook

614

1-11”

Name changed to Spitfire, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Tunxis

614

1-11”

Name changed to Hydra, June 1869,  to Otsego in Aug.

Umpqua

614

1-11”

Name changed to Fury, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Wassuc

614

1-11”

Name changed to Stromboli, June 1869, changed back, Aug.

Waxsaw

614

1-11”

Name changed to Niobe, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Yazoo

614

1-11”

Name changed to Tartar, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Yuma

614

1-11”

Name changed to Tempest, June 1869, changed back in Aug.

Chimo completed in 1864, all others in 1865.

Medium Cruisers

Antietam

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Guerriθre

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Illinois

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Java

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Kewaydin*

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to Pennsylvania, 1869

Minnetonka*

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to California, 1869

Ontario*

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to New York, 1869

Piscataqua*

3953

2-100#R, 1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to Delaware, 1869

Illinois, Java, Kewaydin, and Ontario broken up before launch, others completed 1865.

Medium Screw Sloops

Contoocook

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to Albany, 1869

Manitou

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to Worcester, 1869

Mosholu

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to Severn, 1869

Pushmataha

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

Changed to Cambridge, May 1869*

Arapanoe

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Keosauqua

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Mondamin

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Tahgayuta

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Wanalosett

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

Willamette

3003

1-60#R, 8-9”, 4-24#H

 

First four completed in 1866, remainder never reached beyond keel & frame stage.
*And to Congress in August.

 

Ocean-going Ships Purchased and Armed:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Acacia

Screw

300

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

Althea

Tug

72

1-12#

Arkansas

Screw

752

4-32#, 1-12#R

Augusta Dinsmore

Screw

834

1-20#R, 2-24#H, 1-12#R

Buckthorn

Screw tug

128

1-30#R, 1-12#

Cactus

Side wheeler

176

1-30#R, 1-12#, 1-12#R

Camelia

Screw tug

198

2-20#R

Carnation

Screw tug

82

1-20#R, 1-12#R

Clover

Screw tug

129

1-12#R, 1-12#

Commodore Jones

Side wheeler ferry

542

1-9”, 1-5.1”R, 2-24#H

Commodore Read

Side wheeler ferry

650

2-100#R, 4-24#H

Cowslip

Side wheeler tug

220

1-20#R, 2-24#H

Dai Ching

Screw

520

1-100#R, 2-20#R, 4-24#H

Fahkee

Screw

699

1-100#R, 2-24#H

Fort Jackson

Side wheeler

1770

1-100#R, 8-9”, 2-30#R

Fuchsia

Tug

83

1-20#R, 2-24#H

Galatea

Screw

1244

1-100#R, 2-30#R, 8-32#

G. W. Rodgers

Schooner

87

2-20#R

Geranium

Side wheeler tug

223

1-20#R, 2-12#R

Glaucus

Screw

1244

1-100#R, 8-8”, 2-30#R

Gov. Buckingham

Screw

886

1-20#R, 2-24#H, 1-12#H

Grand Gulf

Screw

1200

1-100#R, 8-8”, 2-30#R

Harvest Moon

Side wheeler

546

1-20#R, 4-24#H

Heliotrope

Side wheeler

289

1-30#R, 1-12#R

Home

Screw

725

2-24#H, 1-12#R

Honduras

Side wheeler

380

2-12#R

Honeysuckle

Screw tug

234

2-20#R

Howquah

Screw

460

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

Hydrangea

Screw tug

224

1-20#R, 2-12#H

Iris

Screw tug

159

2-20#R

Iron Age

Screw

424

6-8”, 3-30#R

Jasmine

Screw tug

120

1-20#R, 1-12#H

Jonquil

Screw tug

90

1-12#R, 1-12#

Larkspur

Screw tug

125

1-12#R, 1-12#H

Lilac

Screw tug

129

1-12#R, 1-12#H

Marigold

Screw tug

115

1-12#R, 1-12#H

Mary Sanford

Screw

757

2-24#H, 1-12#R

Nansemond

Side wheeler

340

1-30#R, 2-24#H

Narcissus

Screw tug

101

1-20#R, 1-12#H

Neptune

Screw

1244

1-100#R, 8-32#, 2-30#R

Nereus

Screw

1244

1-100#R, 2-30#R, 6-32#, 2-12#R

New Berne

Screw

948

2-24#H, 2-12#R

Niphon

Screw

480

1-20#R, 4-32#, 2-12#H

Oleander

Side wheeler tug

246

2-20#R

Pink

Screw tug

184

1-30#R, 2-12#H

Poppy

Screw tug

93

1-12#R, 1-12#H

Primrose

Screw tug

94

1-30#R, 1-24#H

Proteus

Screw

1244

1-100#R, 2-30#R, 6-32#, 2-12#R

Shokokon

Side wheeler ferry

709

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Sunflower

Screw tug

214

2-30#R

Sweet Briar

Screw tug

240

1-20#R, 1-12#H

Tritonia

Side wheeler tug

202

2-12#

Tulip

Screw tug

193

1-20#R, 2-24#H

Union

Screw

1114

1-20#R, 1-12#H

Vicksburg

Screw

930

1-100#R, 4-30#R, 1-20#R, 1-12#H

All sold out of service in 1865.

 

Ocean-going Ships Captured:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Anna

Schooner

27

1-12#

Antonia

Screw

246

2-32#, 2-24#H, 2-12#H (Pocahontas)

Aries

Screw

820

4-8”, 2-30#R, 1-12#R

Arizona

Side wheeler

959

4-32#, 1-30#R, 1-12#H

Atlanta

Ironclad

1006

2-150#R, 2-100#R (Weehawken)

Banshee

Screw

533

1-30#R, 2-12#H (Grand Gulf & Fulton)

Britannia

Side wheeler

495

1-30#R, 5-24#H (Santiago de Cuba)

Calypso

Screw

630

1-30#R, 2-12#R, 4024#H (Florida)

Cherokee

Screw

606

2-20#R, 4-24#H

Clyde

Side wheeler

294

2-24#H (Neptune & Lackawanna)

Cornubia

Side wheeler

600

1-30#R, 2-24#H (Niphon & James Adger)

Emma

Screw

350

1-20#R, 1-12#R, 4-24#H

Fox

Schooner

80

1-12#R, 1-12#H

Gertrude

Screw

350

2-12#R, 6-24#H (Vanderbilt)

Gettysburg

Side wheeler

950

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

Glasgow

Side wheeler

252

1-12#R, 1-12#H (R.R. Cuyler)

Malvern

Side wheeler

627

4-20#R, 8-12#H (Niphon)

Merrimac

Side wheeler

684

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

Nita

Side wheeler

210

1-12#R, 2-24#H, 1-12#H

Queen

Screw

630

3-32#, 1-12#R (Santiago de Cuba)

Sea Bird

Schooner

58

1-12#R

Virginia

Screw

581

6-24#H, 1-12#R

Wanderer

Schooner

300

1-20#R, 2-24#H

*Taken by Nansemond, Fulton, and Keystone State.
All sold out of service in 1865 except Atlanta.

 

River Ships Purchased, Armored as Tinclads, and Armed:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Argosy

Tinclad

219

6-24#H, 1-12#H, 1-12#R

Avenger

Tinclad

410

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

Champion

Tinclad

115

2-30#R, 1-24#H, 2-12#H

Covington

Tinclad

224

2-50#R, 2-30#R, 4-24#H

Elk

Tinclad

162

2-32#, 4-24#H

Exchnage

Tinclad

211

2-32#, 4-24#H

Fawn

Tinclad

174

1-12#R, 6-24#H

Fort Hindman*

Tinclad

286

6-8”

Gazelle

Tinclad

117

6-12#R

Hastings

Tinclad

293

2-30#R, 2-32#, 4-24#H

Kenwood

Tinclad

232

2-32#, 4-24#H

Key West

Tinclad

207

6-24#H

Moose

Tinclad

189

2-20#R, 6-24#H

Naumkeag

Tinclad

148

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Nyanza

Tinclad

203

2-20#R, 6-24#H

Ouachita

Tinclad

720

5-30#R, 18-24#H, 15-12#H

Paw Paw

Tinclad

175

2-30#R, 6-24#H

Peota

Tinclad

233

3-30#R, 3-32#, 6-24#H, 2-12#H

Queen City

Tinclad

212

2-30#R, 2-32#, 4-24#H

Reindeer

Tinclad

212

6-24#H

Rodolph

Tinclad

217

2-32#, 4-24#H

Silver Cloud

Tinclad

235

6-24#H

Stockdale

Tinclad

188

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Tawah

Tinclad

108

2-30#R, 1-13#R, 4-24#H, 1-12#H

Victory

Tinclad

160

6-24#H

Wave

Tinclad

229

6-24#H

*Changed to Manitou in January 1863, changed back in November 1863.
All remaining sold out of service in 1865.

 

River Ships Captured and Taken into Service:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Alexandria

 

60

1-24#H, 1-12#R

Granite City

 

450

6-24#H, 1-12#R

Tensas

 

41

2-24#H

Wave

 

229

6-24#H

 

Losses:

Ship

Type

Notes

Amanda

Armed bark

                     Wrecked on the Florida coast

Clifton

Armed steamer

Captured by batteries, Sabine Pass

Harriet Lane

Armed steamer

Captured by boat expedition, Galveston

Hatteras

Armed steamer

Sunk by C.S.S. Alabama

Isaac Smith

Armed steamer

Captured by batteries, Stono River

Morning Light

Armed ship

Captured by boarding, Sabine Pass

Sachem

Armed steamer

Captured by batteries, Sabine Pass

Satellite

Armed tug

Captured by batteries, Rappahannock River

Westfield

Armed steamer

Blown up to avoid capture, Galveston

Baron de Kalb

River ironclad

Sunk by torpedo, Yazoo River

Cincinnati

River ironclad

Sunk by batteries, Vicksburg

Keokuk

Turret ironclad

Sunk by batteries, Charleston

Weehawken

Monitor

Foundered from slow leak off Charleston

Columbia

Armed tug

Captured by batteries, St. John’s River, Florida

Velocity

Armed schooner

Captured by boarding, Sabine Pass

Indianola

River ironclad

Taken in action by Confederate fleet

Glide

River tinclad

Accidentally burned, Cairo

Dan

River tinclad

Wrecked in Mississippi

Lancaster

Ellet ram

Sunk by batteries, Vicksburg

Queen of the West

Ellet ram

Captured by batteries, Red River

Switzerland

Ellet ram

Sunk by batteries, Vicksburg

Preble

Sail brig

Accidentally burned

Mississippi

Paddle sloop

Burned before Port Hudson

Warren

Sail sloop

Sold as useless

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


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