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Alert (II) (1862 - 1865)
A. C. Powell (1861 - 1862)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Tug:
  • 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.
    Length 62'
    Beam 17'
    Depth of Hold 7'
    Draft 6' 5"
    Speed 7 kts
    Complement 15
    Armament one 24-pdr rifle howitzer
    Propulsion steam

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    A. C. Powell / Alert (II) / Watch
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Officer in Charge
    01Act. Master Foster, Henry H.3 October 1861 -31 August 1862A. C. Powell
    02Act. Master (Pilot) Cox, Sylvanus17 January 1863 - 22 April 1863Alert
    03Act. Master's Mate Bishop, John16 May 1863 - 26 May 1865Alert / Watch
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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