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USS Pinta

Pinta Class Screw Tug:
  • Laid down in 1864, at Reaney, Son and Archbold, Chester, PA., cost $128,000
  • Launched, 29 October 1864
  • Completed in October 1865 and commissioned USS Pinta, at Chester, PA., LCDR. Henry H. Gorringe in command
  • Pinta served on harbor duty at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1866 until laid up in 1872
  • Recommissioned at Philadelphia 22 November 1873 for operations out of Key West on various duties tug and towing duties
  • Decommissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard, 15 April 1876, for lay up at the yard
  • Reactivated as a yard tug in 1878
  • Reassigned to duty in Alaska in 1883, to protect seal fisheries
  • Decommissioned, 4 August 1897, at Mare Island
  • Assigned to the Naval Militia at San Diego, CA. in 1898
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 January 1908
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 350 t.
    Length 137'
    Beam 26'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 52
    two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    one 12-pdr howitzer
    two 3-pdrs (added at a later date)
    one vertical compound engines
    single propeller

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    Wabash 194k Orders for Ship's Blacksmith Newell K. Earle USN to report to USS Pinta for duty at Norfolk, VA., signed by Commanding Office, Receiving Ship USS Wabash, 24 March 1883, Boston Navy Yard. Tommy Trampp
    Pinta 382k USS Pinta in dry docked in 1891. She had been rebuilt for service in Alaska in 1881-83. US Navy photo. Photo and text from "Warships of The American Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone. Robert Hurst
    Pinta 352k USS Pinta at anchor in Juneau Harbor, Alaska, in 1889. Note ship's boat heading back to ship. US Navy photo. Photo and text from "Warships of The American Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone. Robert Hurst
    Ointa 52k USS Pinta at Sitka, Alaska in 1889. Officers identified are: Passed Assistant Surgeon Henry B. Fitts (far left): Lieutenant Albon C. Hodgson (3rd from left); Lieutenant Commander Oscar W. Farenholt, Commanding Officer, (center); Ensign Robert E. Coontz (far right). Note very fancy binnacle at left and small Dahlgren howitzer on a pivot-mount at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 42616 from the collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931.
    Robert Hurst
    296k Oil painting of USS Pinta underway, 1886.
    Sheldon Jackson Museum
    Robert Hurst

    USS Pinta
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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