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USS Pawtuxet

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Civil War Medal

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 CSS Tallahassee
  • 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.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Depth of Hold 11' 6"
    Draft 9' 3"
    Speed 14kts
    Complement 190
    two 100-pdr Parrott Rifles
    four 9 in Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 20-pdr Parrott rifles
    two 24 pdr Howitzers
    two sidewheels
    two sidewheels

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    Sassacus (I)
    85k Generic lithograph representing the Sassacus-class gunboats.
    John Spivey
    Pawtuxet 33k Drawing of USS Pawtuxet under way, date and location unknown Robert Hurst

    USS Pawtuxet
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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