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Built in 1854 as the wooden steamer Metacomet, at New York
Chartered by the Navy in 1858 at monthly rate of $3,500, with an option to purchase her for $50,000 for the expedition against Paraguay
Metacomet arrived at Asuncion, 25 January 1859, but payment of an indemnity and apology, however, settled the Water Witch affair peacefully and no action was taken
In March 1859 she was deemed unseaworthy and not in a position to be navigated back to the United States
Purchased by the Navy and commissioned USS Pulaski, ,19 July 1861, LT. William H. Macomb in command
Pulaski subsequently, operated in South American waters from early 1859 until 22 January 1863
Decommissioned and sold at auction at Montevideo, Uruguay, 22 January 1863
In the first months of 1865 she was purchased by Paraguay and operated on the Río de la Plata as a civilian vessel until 1870
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 395 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Armament three 12-pdr mortars
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||Watercolor of the steamship SS Metacomet by Erik Heyl in 1955, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume II.
This steamer served as USS Pulaski in 1858-1863, in South American waters.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63880 Courtesy of Erik Heyl
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