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Picket Boat No. 1
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1863 as the screw tug Fred Wheeler at Philadelphia
Purchased by the Union Navy at Philadelphia, 3 June 1864
Designated Picket Boat No. 1, Acting Ensign Nathaniel R. Davis in command
During the Civil War Picket Boat No. 1 was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1 November 1864
Assigned to the James River to protect Union shipping which supported General Grants's operations against Richmond
Renamed Alpha (also called Tug No. 1) between 1 November and 5 December 1864
Participated in an expedition upstream to Richmond immediately after General Lee's Army had abandoned the city
Sold at public auction at the Washington Navy Yard, 23 September 1865 to William L. Wall and Co., Baltimore
Redocumented Alpha, 7 October 1865
Final Disposition, destroyed by fire, 5 June 1886
Displacement 55 t.
Draft 7' 8"
Speed 9 kts.
eight Enfield rifles
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