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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Picket Boat No. 3
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1863 as the steamer R. F. Roper at Philadelphia, PA.
Purchased by the Union Navy at Philadelphia, 3 June 1864, renamed Gamma, also designated Picket Boat No. 3, ENS. Henry F. Curtis in command
During the Civil War Gamma, also known as Tug No. 3, was assigned to the James River
Relocated to New Bern, N.C., 3 April 1865
Placed at the disposal of General W. T. Sherman's quartermaster, she served in the sounds of North Carolina until close of the Civil War
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold by public auction at New York 25 October 1865 to D. Trundy
Redocumented as merchant steamer Peter Smith, 13 December 1865
Final Disposition, burned at New York 9 May 1893
Displacement 36 t.
Draft 7' 8"
Speed 12 kts.
eight Enfield rifles
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||Linda prior to being renamed Delta on 27 November 1864. She was also known as Tug No. 4. Note the number 4 on her stack. She is in company with Gamma Tugs No.3 and Epsilon Tug No. 5, a sidewheel steamer and possibly the river monitor USS Onondaga. This photograph was probably taken on the James River near Aiken's Landing.
Library of Congress photo 01767u
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 28 October 2011
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