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Picket Boat No. 6

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw steamer:
  • Built in 1864 as the wooden steamer J. G. Loane at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Purchased by the Union Navy at Philadelphia, 3 June 1864, from William S. Mason, renamed Tug No. 6 also known as Picket Boat No. 6
  • Commissioned, 8 June 1864, Acting ENS. Frederick W. Mintzer in command
  • Renamed Zeta in November 1864
  • During the Civil War Zeta served as a torpedo tug in the James River until April 1865
  • Transferred in April 1865 to the Potomac flotilla, assigned to guard the Bush River Bridge in Maryland
  • Reassigned to the Washington Navy Yard in May
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold to C. Vanderwerken, 24 June 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 60 t.
    Length 58'
    Beam 13'
    Depth 5'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 8 kts.
    Complement unknown
    eight Enfield rifles
    sabers bayonets & cutlasses
    one "torpedo"
    Propulsion steam

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    Zeta 735k Photograph of Zeta moored on the James River, date unknown.
    Photo from Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Series 2, Volume 1., Library of Congress (Cropped).
    Bill Gonyo

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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