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USS Ashuelot


Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Laid down in 1864 as Ashuelot a iron-hulled, double-ended, side-wheel gunboat at the Donald McKay Shipyard, East Boston, MA.
  • launched, 22 July 1865
  • Delivered to the Boston Navy Yard, 30 November 1865
  • Commissioned, USS Ashuelot, 4 April 1866, CDR. John C. Febiger in command.
  • Joined USS Augusta in escorting the double-ended monitor USS Miantonomoh to Europe in June 1866
  • USS Ashuelot next joined the Asiatic Squadron at Hong Kong, 15 January 1867
  • During her time on the Asiatic station USS Ashuelot moved from port to port along the coast of Asia and among the nearby islands, reaffirming the American presence and power in that part of the world, frequently seeking out trouble spots so that she might be on hand as a haven for endangered Americans and for others in perilónative and foreign alike
  • Final Disposition, while enroute from Amoy to Swatow, 17 February 1883. Ashuelot struck a rock while running in fog off East Lamock Island and suffered such severe damage that she had to be abandoned. Eleven crew members perished with the ship
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,370 t.
    Length 255'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 9'
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    four 8" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 60-pdr Parrott rifles
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    two 20-pdr Parrott rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Richmond 285k Photograph of USS Ashuelot with diary entry and roster of officers. Richard G. Davenport served as watch and division officer. While in Shanghai, he was placed in command of company of Blue Jackets and Gatling Gun Crew to help quell Chinese riot in the French Concession.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 43838
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Ashuelot
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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