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Alert (II) (1862 - 1865)
A. C. Powell (1861 - 1862)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1861 as the screw tug A.C. Powell, at Syracuse, N. Y.
Purchased at New York City by the Navy, 3 October 1861
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for service in the North Carolina sounds
Reassigned to the Potomac Flotilla, date unknown
Returned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 30 June 1862, for duty with the James River Flotilla doing dispatch and picket duty
Renamed Alert while serving with the James River Flotilla
Assisted Federal Army units in preventing Confederate forces from taking Suffolk on the Nansemond River in April 1863
Alert caught fire while moored at Norfolk Navy Yard, 31 August 1863, and sank
Raised by October of that year and returned to duty
Renamed Watch, 2 February 1865
Watch participated in the expedition to Richmond in April 1865
Decommissioned, 26 May 1865, at Washington Navy Yard
Sold, 5 July 1865, at Washington Navy Yard, redocumented Watch
Watch served as a commercial tug until abandoned in 1886
Displacement 90 t.
Depth of Hold 7'
Draft 6' 5"
Speed 7 kts
Armament one 24-pdr rifle howitzer
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A. C. Powell / Alert (II) / Watch
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|Officer in Charge|
|01||Act. Master Foster, Henry H.||3 October 1861 -31 August 1862||A. C. Powell|
|02||Act. Master (Pilot) Cox, Sylvanus||17 January 1863 - 22 April 1863||Alert|
|03||Act. Master's Mate Bishop, John||16 May 1863 - 26 May 1865||Alert / Watch|
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