Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Gunboat Photo Archive



  • The first Kineo was built 9 October 1861 by J. W. Dyer, Portland, ME
  • Sponsored by Miss Eunice C. Dyer, daughter of the builder
  • Commissioned USS Kineo 8 February 1862 at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 9 May 1865 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Sold 9 October 1866
  • She later became the merchant schooner Lucy H. Gibson
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 507 t.
  • Length 158'
  • Beam 28'
  • Draft 4' 6"
  • Complement 81
  • Armament: One 11" Dahlgren smooth bore, one 20-pounder Parrott rifle and two 24-pounder howitzer
  • Propulsion: Steam, side wheeler.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Kineo 158k
    "The Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862"

    Colored lithograph, published by Currier & Ives, 1862. The original print bears the following descriptive text: "Destruction of the Rebel gunboats, rams and iron clad batteries by the Union Fleet under Flag Officer Farragut. The attack was commenced on the 18th of April and continued until the 25th resulting in the capture of Forts Jackson, St. Phillip, Livingston, Pike and the city of New Orleans, as well as the destruction of all the enemy gunboats, rams, floating batteries (iron clad), fire rafts, booms and chains. The enemy with their own hands destroying cotton and shipping valued at from eight to ten millions of dollars. 'The sight of this night attack was awfully grand, the river was lit up with blazing rafts filled with pine knots and the ships seemed to be fighting literally amidst flames and smoke.'" In this view, ships are identified as (starting at top left center, up the river, running down to the right, then across toward the left): Confederate steamers; USS Cayuga (leading the Union column), USS Pensacola, burning confederate steamer, USS Varuna, USS Oneida, USS Mississippi (engaging the ram Manassas), USS Richmond, USS Kineo, USS Hartford (flagship, in collision with a fire raft), USS Brooklyn and USS Winona. A Confederate fire raft is in the lower right. Fort St. Phillip is shown at right and Fort Jackson at left
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Commanding Officers
    01LT George M. Ranson, USN8 Febrary 1862
    02LCDR Milton Haxton, USN1863
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    View the Kineo
    DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Index Back To The Gunboat Photo Index

    Coments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created by Joseph M. Radigan and maintained by Tom Bateman
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History