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Sassacus Class Sidewheel Gunboat:
Laid down, date unknown, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H.
Launched, 19 March 1864
Delivered to the Navy at New York City, 18 May 1864
Commissioned USS Pawtuxet, 26 August 1864, CDR. J. H. Spotts in command
Following commissioning Pawtuxet was ordered to the Grand Banks to join the quest for the Confederate raider
In October Pawtuxet the joined the 3rd Division of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron cruising off the Carolina coast
At the end of December she bombarded the defenses at Wilmington in support of the first assault against Fort Fisher
She also joined the second assault against Fort Fisher on 13 January 1865, firing on the fort and sending men and boats to participate in the successful assault
on the 15th
Following the capture of Fort Fisher Pawtuxet resumed blockade duties
Decommissioned, 15 June 1865, at New York
Sold on 15 October 1867, fate unknown
Displacement 974 long tons.
Depth of Hold 11' 6"
Draft 9' 3"
two 100-pdr Parrott Rifles
four 9 in Dahlgren smoothbores
two 20-pdr Parrott rifles
two 24 pdr Howitzers
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|Generic lithograph representing the Sassacus-class gunboats.
|Drawing of USS Pawtuxet under way, date and location unknown
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 12 August 2022
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