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USRC William E. Chandler
USRC Jasmine (1866 - 1873)
USS Jasmine (1863 - 1866)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Campaign Medal

Screw Tug:
  • Built, date unknown, as the wooden tug Peter B. Van Houten, location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased, 29 May 1863, by RADM. H. Paulding at New York from Palmer, Crary, & John Reid for $25,000
  • Commissioned, USS Jasmine, 17 June 1863, at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., Acting Master A. L. B. Zerega in command
  • USS Jasmine was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, she sailed from New York, for the Gulf of Mexico, 21 June 1863
  • On 14 July, she captured the sloop Relampago and towed her to Key West, FL.
  • For the remainder of the war Jasmine served as a supply and dispatch vessel maintaining communications between the various ships of the squadron
  • The end of hostilities found her at Pensacola, FL., where she remained providing varied services while the squadron demobilized and the Navy resumed peacetime operations
  • Jasmine steamed north early in 1866 and decommissioned at New York on 12 May
  • She was sold to the Treasury Department, 13 June 1866, for $8,000
  • Commissioned, USRC Jasmine and assigned to duty in New York harbor
  • Name changed, 18 December 1873 to USRC William E. Chandler after an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department
  • William E. Chandler was lengthened to 99 feet during an extensive overhaul in either 1870 or 1873
  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1903
  • Sold, 28 September 1903 for $561.87
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 120 t.
    Length 79'
    Beam 18'3"
    Depth of Hold 9'2"
    Draft 7'6"
    Speed 10kts
    Complement 19
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 20-pdr howitzer
    one low pressure steam engine; cylinder dimension 26", stroke 26"
    two boilers
    single screw

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    Jasmine - is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family. It contains around 200 species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Eurasia, Africa, and Oceania. Jasmines are widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers. Sooraj Maruthanattu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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