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Piscataqua (II) (1864 - 1869)
Orion (1869)
USS Chimo (I) (1864 - 1869)

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Casco Class Light-draft Monitor:
  • Built by Aquila Adams at South Boston, MA., from plans by John Ericsson
  • Launched 5 May 1864
  • Commissioned, USS Chimo 20 January 1865, Acting Master John C. Dutch in command
  • Chimo sailed to New York, arriving 26 January 1865, to be fitted with torpedo gear and one 11-inch Dahlgren smoothbore gun
  • The monitor departed New York, 1 April 1865, for Hampton Roads where she arrived on the 9 April.
  • 28 April she sailed for Point Lookout, N.C., where she served as a station ship until 28 May 1865
  • Arriving at Washington Navy Yard, 7 June 1865, she was decommissioned 24 June 1865
  • Name changed to Orion, 15 June 1869
  • Renamed Piscataqua, 10 August 1869
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1874
    Displacement 614 t.
    Length 225'
    Beam 37'
    Depth of Hold 9' 1"
    Draft 6' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 69
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore gun
    Propulsion steam

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    TONAWANDA 68k Ships moored off the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. Photographed from the stern of USS Minatanomoh, circa 1865-66. Ships in the foreground are the monitors USS Chimo and USS Tonawanda. Beyond them is the ex-CSS Stonewall.
    Courtesy of Mrs. W.E. Taylor, 1941, from the collection of Medical Inspector William E. Taylor, USN.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 48107
    Robert Hurst
    MONTAUK 89k Four monitors laid up in the Anacostia River, off the Washington Navy Yard, circa 1866. Ships are (from left to right):
    USS Mahopac,
    USS Saugus,
    USS Montauk (probably); and either
    USS Casco or
    USS Chimo. Photo mounted on a stereograph card, marked: Photographed and published by Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, N.H.". Courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1982.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 93869
    Casco 167k Plan of the spar torpedo arrangement and platform designed for installation on the;
    USS Casco
    USS Chimo
    USS Napa
    USS Naubuc and
    USS Modoc, circa 1864. The original drawing is in the records of the Bureau of Ships at the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 55203.
    Robert Hurst

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