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Built in 1862 at Pittsburgh, PA., as the sternwheel steamer SS Florence
Purchased by the Union Navy, 17 December 1862
Converted to a light-draft gunboat, commissioned USS Curlew, 16 February 1863, Acting Master G. Hentig in command
The next day Curlew joined Admiral D. Porter's fleet for patrol and convoy duty in the Mississippi River and its tributaries
Curlew participated in engagement of Confederate troops at Islands No. 67 and 68, from 12 to 20 July 1863
Curlew joined other vessels for an expedition into the Red, Black, Tensas, and Ouachita rivers during which they captured steamer Louisville, steamer Elmira
Curlew served in the Ohio and Tennessee rivers from 23 December 1863 until 14 January 1864
During an engagement, 24 May 1864 with a 12-gun battery at Gaines Landing, Ark., Curlew was struck several times
Curlew stood down the Mississippi, 30 June 1864 and cruised between Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss., having several encounters with enemy land forces
24 October 1864, found Curlew sailing up river to patrol the Ohio and Tennessee
Curlew's final duties consisted of conducting surveys in the Mississippi around Cairo and Mound City from February to 17 June 1865
Decommissioned 5 July 1865 and sold 17 August 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown.
Displacement 196 t.
Beam 32' 1"
Speed 4 kts
eight 24-pdr howitzers
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USS Curlew (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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