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USS Purveyor
USS J. C. Kuhn (1861 - 1866)

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  • Built in 1859 as J. C. Kuhn, a wooden bark of two decks and three masts at Portland, CT.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 6 July 1861, at New York City from J. H. Brower & Co.
  • Commissioned USS J. C. Kuhn, 23 August, 1861, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Robert G. Lee in command
  • USS J. C. Kuhn, a supply and coal vessel reported to the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West, Fla., 11 September
  • J. C. Kuhn arrived below Vicksburg, 27 June 1862, loaded with coal for Flag Officer Farragut's ships the day before they steamed under the Southern batteries there to join forces with Flag Officer Davis's Mississippi Flotilla
  • She remained below Vicksburg supporting CDR. Porter's Mortar Flotilla until July when she resumed her duty of transporting supplies from Pensacola to ships stationed along the Gulf Coast
  • In the spring of 1864, J. C. Kuhn was ordered to Pensacola for service as ordnance and store ship
  • On 20 January 1866, arrived New York, for repair
  • Renamed USS Purveyor, 10 April 1866, she supplied the European and South Atlantic Squadrons and served as a store ship
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, sold at New York to P. H. Fay 7 July 1869
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 888 t.
    Length 153'
    Beam 35'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 13'5"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 61
    Armament four 32-pdrs

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    J. C. Kuhn 195k Black and White photograph of a painting by D. McFarlane, of the bark J.C. Kuhn. She served as USS J.C. Kuhn from 1861-1866 and USS Purveyor from 1866-1869. In this painting, she is flying the house flag of J.H. Brower and company, of New York.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 52198. Courtesy of Charles M. Wright, Boston, 1940.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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