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Built as Emma Duncan in 1860 at Monongahela, PA., and operated as a river transport out of Cincinnati, OH.
Purchased at Cairo, Ill., in March 1863 from J. Bachelor. Fitted out and ready for service in April
Commissioned USS Hastings in April 1863, Acting Master W. N. Griswold in command
Hastings was initially assigned to the Tennessee River while enroute to her assignment she was attacked by Confederate guerrillas near Green Bottom Bar of the Tennessee River, 24 April 1863, she was hulled seven times and suffered three
casualties in the action
Hastings then assumed duty as a convoy ship for Army transports on the Tennessee River
She arrived at Eastport, Miss., 26 October 1863 to assist General Sherman's troops in crossing the river during operations culminating in the Battle of Chattanooga,
and steamed to Paducah, KY., when that city was threatened by Confederate cavalry 8 November
Hastings in need of repairs returned to the Naval Station at Cairo 16 December
Hastings resumed active patrolling in April 1864, and was detailed to convoy General T. Kilby Smith's transports from Springfield Landing to Grand Ecore, LA.
With the failure of the land portion of the Red River operation Hastings covered the withdrawal of Smith's troops
Hastings subsequently patrolled in the White River to gain intelligence, and convoy troops in cooperation with the Army
Hastings continued her service on the tributaries of the Mississippi until returning to Cairo, IL. early in 1865
Decommissioned 7 July 1865
Sold at Mound City, IL., 17 August 1865 to Henry H. Semmes, redocumented Dora in October 1865 and served as a river freighter until 1872
Displacement 293 t.
Depth of Hold 5'4"
two 30 pdrs
two 32 pdrs
four 24 pdrs
Propulsion steam, sidewheels
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||Steamer Emma Duncan (USS Hastings) on the Ohio River off New Albany, OH. circa 1861.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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