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Sassacus Class Sidewheel Steamer:
A schooner-rigged, wooden hulled, double-ended, sidewheel gunboat, built, date unknown, by A. & G. T. Sampson, Boston, MA. Delivered to the New York Navy Yard 18 January 1864
Commissioned USS Mattabesett, 7 April 1864, CDR. John C. Febiger in command
During the Civil War USS Mattabesett was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in the North Carolina Sounds
Participated in the engagement of the Confederate ram CSS Albemarle off the mouth of the Roanoke River, 5 May 1864
Decommissioned, 31 May 1865, at New York
Sold, 15 October 1865, at New York
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 974 t.(lt) 1,173 t.(fl)
Depth 11' 6"
Draft 9' (loaded)
Speed 14 kts
two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
four 11" Dahlgren smoothbores
one 12-pdr rifle
one 12-pdr smoothbore
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||"Wood versus iron" 19th Century photograph of an artwork by Acting Second Engineer Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864. It shows
CSS Albemarle engaging several Federal gunboats on Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, 5 May 1864. USS Sassacus is in
left center, ramming the Confederate ironclad. Other U.S. Navy ships seen are (from left): USS Commodore Hull,
USS Wyalusing and USS Mattabesett. The Confederate transport
CSS Bombshell, captured during the action, is in the right background. Albemarle was not significantly damaged during
this action, which left Sassacus disabled by a hit in one of her boilers.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1673. From the collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, presented by George R. Babcock, 1938.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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