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Picket Boat No. 3

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Screw steamer:
  • 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.
    Length 65'
    Beam 14'
    Depth 6'
    Draft 7' 8"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 13
    eight Enfield rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Philadelphia (III) 383k 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
    Bill Gonyo

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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