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USS Pinta


Pinta Class Screw Tug:
  • Laid down, 29 October 1864, at Reaney, Son and Archbold, Chester, PA.
  • Completed in October 1865 and commissioned USS Pinta, at Chester, PA., LCDR. Henry H. Gorringe in command
  • Pinta served on harbor duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1866 until laid up in 1872
  • Recommissioned at Philadelphia 22 November 1873 for operations out of Key West on various duties tug and towing duties
  • Decommissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 April 1876, for lay up at the yard
  • Reactivated as a yard tug in 1878
  • Reassigned to duty in Alaska in 1883, to protect seal fisheries
  • Decommissioned, 4 August 1897, at Mare Island
  • Assigned to the Naval Militia at San Diego, CA. in 1898
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 January 1908
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 420 t.
    Length 137'
    Beam 26'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 52
    Armament
    two 30-pdr Parrot rifles
    one 12-pdr howitzer
    two 3-pdrs (added at a later date)
    Propulsion
    one vertical compound engines
    single propeller

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    Narragansett 382k USS Pinta in dry docked in 1891. She had been rebuilt for service in Alaska in 1881-83. US Navy photo. Photo and text from "Warships of The American Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone. Robert Hurst
    Narragansett 352k USS Pinta at anchor in Juneau Harbor, Alaska, in 1889. Note ship's boat heading back to ship. US Navy photo. Photo and text from "Warships of The American Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone. Robert Hurst
    Narragansett 52k USS Pinta at Sitka, Alaska in 1889. Officers identified are: Passed Assistant Surgeon Henry B. Fitts (far left): Lieutenant Albon C. Hodgson (3rd from left); Lieutenant Commander Oscar W. Farenholt, Commanding Officer, (center); Ensign Robert E. Coontz (far right). Note very fancy binnacle at left and small Dahlgren howitzer on a pivot-mount at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 42616 from the collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Pinta
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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