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USS Moccasin (I)
USS Hero (II) (1864)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1864 as the wood screw tug Hero at Philadelphia
Purchased by the Navy, 11 July 1864, from S. & J. M. Flanagan at Philadelphia
Commissioned USS Hero, 14 July 1864, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Acting ENS. James Brown in command
Renamed USS Moccasin, 25 July 1864
During the Civil War USS Moccasin was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as guard ship off Fort Delaware, Pea Patch Island, DE.
Reassigned to the Potomac Flotilla, 13 March 1865, at St. Inigoes, MD.
Decommissioned, 12 August 1865, at Washington, D.C.
Sold, 18 September 1865, to the Treasury Department for service as a Revenue Cutter
Commissioned in 1865 USRC Moccasin and assigned to duty at Norfolk, VA,
In May 1866 her homeport was changed to Wilmington, N.C. where she served until being moved for repairs at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1869
After repairs she was assigned to Newport, R.I. from 1869 to 1872
In 1872 she was transferred to Charleston, S.C.
Decommissioned in 1881 and taken to the Slater and Read Shipyard in New York City and was lengthened to 128 feet
Recommissioned, 10 April 1882, as USRC George Bibb and moved to the Great Lakes
George Bibb was named after the seventeenth Secretary of the Treasury, George M. Bibb
While winter quarters were at Ogdensburg, N.Y., she was also stationed at Duluth, MN., Detroit, MI. and Oswego, N.Y.
Decommissioned in November 1890 and sold in Buffalo, N.Y. for $2500
Redocumented as the merchant vessel Pentagoet
Final Disposition, foundered in November 1898
Displacement 192 t.
Length 104'5" (1882)
Beam 22' 3"
Speed 10 kts
three 12-pdr rifles
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