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USS Massasoit (I)

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Civil War Medal

Sassacus Class "doublender" Steam Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston, MA. by Curtis & Tilden
  • Launched, 8 March 1863
  • Commissioned, USS Massasoit, LCDR. Edward Barrett, in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1864
  • Recommissioned, 25 August 1864
  • During the Civil War USS Massasoit was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
    Patrolled the New England coast in October 1864, in search of Confederate raiders
    Served on picket duty on the James River in Virginia and in the North Carolina Sounds
  • Decommissioned, 27 June 1865, at New York
  • Sold 15 October 1867
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 974 t.(lt) 1173 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Draft 8' 8"
    Speed 8.5 kts
    Complement unknown
    four 9" smoothbore guns
    two 24-pdr guns
    two 12-pdr guns
    Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels

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    Massasoit 137k USS Massasoit on the James River, Virginia, 1864-65. Published on a stereograph card circa the 1890s by Taylor & Huntington, Hartford, Connecticut. Note small boat landing in the foreground, and guns trained out on the "double-ender" gunboat Massasoit. The original photograph is the left side of the stereograph pair.
    US Navy photo # NH 100991 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Courtesy of Louis H. Smaus, 1986
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Massasoit (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Barrett, Edward Gabriel André, USN (Biography)8 March 1864 - 31 July 1864
     Decommissioned31 July 1864 - 12 August 1864
    01CDR. Barrett, Edward Gabriel André, USN12 August 1864 - 27 June 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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