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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Laid down in 1861 for the US Army at St. Louis, MO., as the tug Intrepid
Launched, date unknown
Acquired by the War Department, date unknown, Master Alpheus Amiss, officer in charge
Intrepid operated with the Western Flotilla until 1 October 1862 when all vessels were transferred to Navy control
Renamed Fern, 19 October 1862, Acting Ensign Alpheus Amiss, officer in charge
Under Navy command Fern was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron to operate on western waters between Cairo, Ill, and the mouth of the Red River
Her service involved towing barges loaded with troops, delivering dispatches, transporting officers, and tending coal barges>
During the joint expedition on the Yazoo Rive, 19 March 1863, Fern carried Major-General William T. Sherman up Steele's Bayou
From August 1863 to May 1865 she was stationed off Natchez to tend and pump coal barges
In June 1865 she participated in an expedition up the Red River to receive the surrender of Confederate Navy men and material
Placed out of service, 12 August 1865, at Mound City, IL and later sold
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 50 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Speed 10 kts
Armament one 12-pdr
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||Halftone photograph of the tug Fern assisting a "city" class armored gunboat, on the Western Rivers during the Civil War.
The original image caption's identification of the ironclad as USS Benton is in error.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 54095. Courtesy of Frederick Way, Jr., October 1941.
Intrepid / Fern (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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