Ships
of the
U.S. Navy 

The Civil War
1864

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

1864

Ocean Ships Laid Down:

Ship

Tonnage

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

Notes

Large Screw Frigates

Franklin

5170

1-11”, 34-9”, 4-100#R

Completed 1865.

Small Cruisers

Algoma*

2400

 

Completed 1868.

*Name changed in 1869 to Benicia.

Small Gunboats

Nantasket

1120

1-150#R, 6-32#, 3-24#H

 

Quinnebaug

1120

1-150#R, 6-32#, 3-24#H

 

Resaca

1120

1-150#R, 6-32#, 3-24#H

 

Swatara

1120

1-150#R, 6-32#, 3-24#H

 

Alert

1120

1-150#R, 6-32#, 3-24#H

 

Épervier

1120

1-150#R, 6-32#, 3-24#H

 

Alert, Épervier never launched; rest completed 1866-67.

Tugs

Fortune

 

 

Leyden

 

 

Mayflower

 

 

Nina

 

 

Pinta

 

 

Palos

 

 

Speedwell

 

 

Standish

 

 

Triana

 

 

Pilgrim

 

 

Maria

 

 

2 guns during war, after which armament was removed.

Armored Torpedo Boats

Spuyten Duyvil

206

 

Renamed Stromboli in 1866, changed back in 1869.

Cruisers

Bon Homme Richard

4000

 

Wampanoag class, never launched.

 

Ocean-going Ships Purchased and Armed:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Amaranthus

Screw tug

187

3-24#H

Anemone

Screw tug

156

1-24#H, 1-12#H

Arethusa

Screw tug

195

1-20#R, 2-12#H

Aster

Screw tug

285

1-30#R, 2-12#H

Belle

Screw tug

52

1-24#R, 1-12#H

Berberry

Screw tug

160

2-24#R, 2-12#H

Bignonia

Screw tug

321

1-30#R, 2-12#H

Catalpa

Screw tug

191

2-24#R, 1-12#H

Clematis

Screw tug

297

1-30#R, 2-12#H

Gladiolus

Screw tug

81

2-24#R, 1-12#H

Hibiscus

Screw tug

409

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Isonomia

Side wheeler

593

1-30#R, 2-24#H

Iuka

Side wheeler

944

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

Juniper

Screw tug

195

1-20#R, 1-12#H

Laburnum

Screw tug

181

2-20#R, 2-24#H

Moccasin

Screw tug

192

3-12#R

Norwich

Screw

450

1-30#R, 4-8”

Periwinkle

Screw tug

383

2-24#H

Spirea

Screw tug

400

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Verbene

Screw tug

104

1-20#R, 1-12#H

Wilderness

Side wheeler

390

4-24#H

All sold out of service in 1865 except Periwinkle, which was lost in an Arctic expedition in the 1880s.

 

Ocean-going Ships Captured and Taken into Service:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Bat

Side wheeler

750

1-30#R, 2-12#H (Montgomery)

Don

Screw

390

2-20#R, 4-24#H (Pequot)

Donegal

Side wheeler

1080

2-20#R, 2-12#H (Metacomet)

Dumbarton

Side wheeler

700

2-32#, 2-12#H (Fort Jackson)

Eolus

Side wheeler

368

1-30#R, 2-24#H

Fort Donelson

Side wheeler

900

2-30#R, 5-12#R

Fort Gaines

Side wheeler

180

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

Frolic

Side wheeler

880

1-20#R, 4-24#H (Santiago de Cuba)

Lilian

Armored side wheeler

630

1-30#R, 1-20#R (Keystone State)

Little Ada

Screw

150

2-20#R (Gettysburg)

Phillipi

Side wheeler

311

2-12#R

Selma

Gunboat

?

3-8”, 1-32#R (Metacomet at Mobile Bay)

Preston

Screw

428

1-30#R, 2-24#H

Tennessee

Casemate ironclad

1273

2-7”R, 4-6”R (taken at Mobile Bay)

Tennessee*

Side wheeler

1275

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

Tristam Shandy*

Side wheeler

444

1-20#R, 3-12#R (Kansas)

Wando

Side wheeler

645

1-30#R, 1-12#R

Young America

Screw

173

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

*Tennessee changed to Mobile in 1864, Tristam Shandy to Boxer in 1865.
All sold out of service in 1865 except Frolic, which was retained as a supply ship until 1884..

 

River Steamers Purchased, Armored as Tinclads, and Armed:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Carrabassett

Tinclad

202

2-32#, 4-24#H

Collier

Tinclad

177

2-20#R, 1-12#R, 6-24#H

Colussus

Tinclad

183

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

Elfin

Tinclad

192

8-24#H

Fairy

Tinclad

211

2-30#R, 6-24#H

Gamage

Tinclad

187

2-20#R, 1-12#R, 6-24#H

General Grant

Tinclad

201

2-30#R, 3-24#H

General Sherman

Tinclad

196187

2-30#R, 3-24#H

General Thomas

Tinclad

211184

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Grossbeake

Tinclad

196

2-20#R, 2-30#R, 2-24#H, 1-12#H

Huntress

Tinclad

211

2-30#R, 4-24#H

Ibex

Tinclad

235

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

Kate

Tinclad

242

6-24#H, 2-12#H

Meteor

Tinclad

221

2-32#, 4-24#H

Naiad

Tinclad

183

8-24#H

Nymph

Tinclad

171

8-24#, 4-24#H

Oriole

Tinclad

137

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

Peri

Tinclad

209

1-30#R, 6-24#H

Sibyl

Tinclad

176

2-30#R, 6-24#H

Siren

Tinclad

214

2-30#R, 6-24#H

Tallahatchie

Tinclad

171

2-32#, 4-24#H

Undine

Tinclad

179

8-24#H

Vindicator

Tinclad

750

1-100#R, 2-24#H, 2-12#R

All remaining sold out of service in 1865.

 

River Ships Captured and Armed:

Ship

Type

Tonnage

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

Volunteer

 

209

1-12#R

Sold out of service in 1865.

 

Losses:

Ship

Type

Notes

Housatonic

Screw sloop

Torpedoed off Charleston

Antelope

Armed steamer

Wrecked in Mississippi River

Cossack

Armed ship

Wrecked on Abaco Island

Kingfisher

Armed bark

Wrecked on St. Helena Island

Louisiana

Armed steamer

Used as explosion ship, Fort Fisher

Pursuit

Armed bark

Sold out as useless

Shawsheen

Armed steamer

Blown up by batteries, James River

Southfield

Armed steamer

Sunk by C.S.S. Albemarle

Underwriter

Armed steamer

Captured by boarding party, Neuse River

Conestoga

River steamer

Sunk in collision, Mississippi River

Otsego

Double-ender

Torpedoed in Roanoke River

Tecumseh

Monitor

Torpedoed, battle of mobile Bay

Columbine

Armed tug

Captured by batteries, St. Johns River, Florida

Violet

Armed tug

Wrecked off Cape Fear

Linden

Tinclad

Wrecked in Arkansas River

Petrel

Tinclad

Sunk by batteries, Yazoo River

Rattler

Tinclad

Wrecked in Mississippi River

Eastport

River ironclad

Torpedoed in Red River

Commodore Jones

Armed steamer

Torpedoed in James River

Iron Age

Armed steamer

Wrecked in Folly Inlet, N.C.

Tulip

Armed tug

Destroyed by boiler explosion

Covington

Tinclad

Sunk by batteries, Red River

Key West

Tinclad

Sunk by batteries, Tennessee River

Queen City

Tinclad

Sunk by batteries, White River

Tawah

Tinclad

Sunk by batteries, Tennessee River

Wave

Tinclad

Taken by batteries, Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana

Granite City

Tinclad

Taken by batteries, Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana

Baseley

Armed steamer

Torpedoed in Roanoke River

Narcissus

Armed tug

Torpedoed in Mobile Bay

Aster

Armed tug

Wrecked on Carolina shoals

Phillipi

Armed steamer

Destroyed by accidental explosion

Elfin

Tinclad

Sunk by batteries, Tennessee River

Undine

Tinclad

Captured by batteries, Tennessee River

Falmouth

Sail sloop

Sold out as useless

Fulton

Paddle sloop

Destroyed by accidental fire

Mohawk

Screw gunboat

Sold out as useless

Pensacola

Screw sloop

Condemned and broken up

Pulaski

Screw gunboat

Sold out as useless

Water Witch

Side wheeler gunboat

Captured by batteries, Ossabaw Sound

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


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