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USS Pontoosuc (I)

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Civil War Medal

Sassacus Class Gunboat:
  • Built as the side wheel gunboat Pontoosuc by G. W. Lawrence and the Portland Locomotive Co., Portland, Maine
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS Pontoosuc at Portland, 10 May 1864, LCDR. George A. Stevens in command
  • USS Pontoosuc joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron 9 June 1864
  • Returned north 12 August, departed New York in pursuit of the Confederate Raider Tallahassee without results
  • Pontoosuc returned to New York, 30 August, assigned to escort duty
  • Pontoosuc resumed blockade duty in mid December off Wilmington, N.C.
    24 and 25 December she participated in the assault on Fort Fisher, returning to shell the Fort again in the successful mid-January 1865 attack
    In February she moved up the Cape Fear River for operations against Fort Anderson
  • Decommissioned at Boston, 5 July 1865
  • Sold 3 October 1866
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 974 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth of Hold 11'6"
    Draft 9'
    Speed unknown
    Armor 4"
    Complement 100+
    two 100-pdr Parrott rifles
    four 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 20-pdr Parrott rifles
    one 12-pdr smoothbore
    two 12-pdr rifles
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    two sidewheels

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    Pontoosuc (I) 62k Lithograph of USS Pontoosuc published by Endicott & Co., New York, circa 1865. This image was used in Endicott & Co. prints to represent many, if not all, of the Sassacus class "double-ender" gunboats.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 2014. Collection of Commander Charles Moran, USNRF, 1935.
    Robert Hurst

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