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Picket Boat No. 5

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Civil War Medal

Screw steamer:
  • Built, date and place unknown as the steamer Harry Bumm
  • Purchased by the Union Navy at Philadelphia, 3 June 1864, designated Picket Boat No. 5, Acting ENS. E. M. Boggs in command
  • Names Epsilon in November 1864,
  • During the Civil War Epsilon, also known as Tug No. 5, was assigned to the James River
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold by public auction at New York 12 July 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 55 t.
    Length 66'
    Beam 15'
    Depth 6'
    Draft 7' 6"
    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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