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Paddle-wheel Steam Tug:
  • Built as the tug Firefly by the US Army at St. Louis, MO. in 1862
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 October 1862
  • Renamed Dahlia and placed in service, 24 October 1862, Acting Ensign T. Wright in command.
  • Dahlia provided tug service on the Mississippi and its tributaries
  • Placed out of service and sold , 17 August 1865, at Mound City, IL.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 50 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft 6'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam

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    Neosho 157k Dahlia (left) and USS Neosho (right) moored to the river bank above the falls at Alexandria, Louisiana, during the Red River campaign, circa May 1864. Courtesy of Frederick Way, Jr., 1941.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55972.
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

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