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USS Tulip (I)
Chih Kiang, a wooden-hulled, steam lighthouse tender intended for the Chinese Navy
Constructed in the winter of 1862 by master shipwright James C. Jewett & Co., New York City
The ship was registered as having two decks, two masts, and a round stern with an eagle for its figurehead
Purchased by the US Navy, 22 June 1863, at New York.
Renamed Tulip fitted out as a tug and gunboat at New York Navy Yard
Commissioned, date unknown
During the Civil War USS Tulip was assigned to the Potomac River Flotilla in August 1863, at Washington Navy Yard as a tug and as part of the Flotilla protecting the nation's capital
In 1864 Tulip developed a defective starboard boiler and was ordered to return to the Washington Navy Yard for repairs
While enroute to the yard, 11 November 1864, the starboard boiler exploded off Ragged Point, VA., killing 47 crewmen instantly, with two of the survivors dying of their injuries at a later date.
Displacement 183 t.(lt) 240 t.(fl)
Length 101' 4"
Beam 22' 10"
Depth of Hold 9' 6"
Draft 11' 6" (loaded)
one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
two horizontal, direct-acting two cylinder, steam engines
two 15 foot long fire-tube boilers
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||USS Tulip woodcut engraving titled "A Confederate Schooner Running Into the Federal Transport 'Chi-Kiang'." from an 1885 copy of Frank Leslie's "The Soldier in Our Civil War."
||"Disaster at Ragged Point" describes to loss of USS Tulip.
Courtesy the Historical Marker Database.
||Front and back of monument at St. Inigoes Creek, MD. honoring those who perished while serving in USS Tulip during the Civil War.
USS Tulip (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 23 August 2013
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