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USS Paw Paw

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Center wheel-steamer (Tin Clad No. 31):
  • Laid down as the center-wheel steamer SS St. Charles, date and location unknown
  • Purchased as SS Fanny by the US Navy, 9 April 1863, at Chicago, IL., from J. Jan Vartwick
  • Delivered for conversion to a tin-clad at Mound City, IL., 13 April 1863
  • Renamed Paw Paw, 12 May 1863
  • Designated Gunboat No. 31, 19 June 1863
  • Commissioned USS Paw Paw, 25 July 1863, Acting Master Augustus F. Thompson in command
  • During the Civil War USS Paw Paw was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1865, at Mound City, IL.
  • Sold at public auction, 17 August 1865, to Sol. A. Silver
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 175 t.
    Length 120'
    Beam 34'
    Depth 4' 10"
    Draft 6' 4"
    Speed 4 mph
    Complement unknown
    two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    six 24-pdr howitzers>
    Propulsion steam

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    Paw Paw 97k USS Paw Paw on the Western Rivers during the Civil War, date and location unknown. Bill Gonyo
    Paw Paw 222k An albuman print of USS Paw Paw on the Western Rivers during the Civil War, date and location unknown. Dennis Curtin

    USS Paw Paw
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Thompson, Augustus F.25 July 1863 (Comm) - 23 March 1864
    02Act. LT, O'Neil, A. F.23 March 1864 - 1 July 1865 (Decomm)
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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