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USS Pontoosuc (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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.
Depth of Hold 11'6"
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
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||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.
USS Pontoosuc (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 March 2017
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