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USS Iosco


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sassacus class wooden double-ender Sidewheel Steamer Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Larrabee & Allen, Bath MN.
  • Launched, 20 March 1863
  • Placed in full commission as, USS Iosco, 26 April 1864, at Boston Navy Yard, CDR. Andrew J. Drake, in command
  • During the Civil War USS Iosco was assigned to:
  • Gulf of St Lawrence, 28 August 1864, to protect American Fishing vessels
  • Ordered to join the 1st Division of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads, 2 October 1864
  • Captured British Schooner Sybil, 21 November 1864
  • Participated in the first and second attacks on Fort Fisher, N.C., 24 December 1864 and 13 January 1865
  • Decommissioned, 28 July 1865, at New York Navy Yard
  • Converted to a coal hulk for New York Navy Yard in February 1868.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 974 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth-of-hold 11' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 173
    Armament
    two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
    four 9" Dahlgren smoothbore
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    one heavy 12 pdr
    one 12-pdr
    Propulsion steam

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    Iosco 90k An illustration of USS Iosco copied from Frank M. Bennett's "The Steam Navy of the United States", page 355. The original image is taken from an Endicott & Company lithograph published circa 1865, which was used to represent most, if not all, of the ships of this class.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59827
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Iosco
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bankhead, John P.28 January 1864 - 6 February 1864
    02CDR. Drake, Andrew J.6 February 1864 - 9 November 1864
    03CDR. Guest, John9 November 1864 - 23 January 1865
    04LCDR. Thornton, James S.23 January 1865 - July 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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