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USS Chotank (1861)
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Ordered: as Savannah
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: 2 July 1861
Commissioned: 1861
Decommissioned: 1862
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Captured: by Union Navy forces
3 June 1861
Fate: sold, 15 August 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 53 tons
Length: 56 ft (17 m)
Beam: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Draught: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Propulsion: sail
Speed: varied
Complement: not known
Armament: two 9” smoothbore guns
one 11” gun

The USS Chotank was a schooner captured by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy for various purposes, but especially to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.

Privateer captured and converted to Union Navy use Edit

The privateer Savannah was captured 3 June 1861 by Perry. She was purchased from the New York City Prize Court on 2 July 1861 by the Navy and her name changed to Chotank.

Assigned to the Potomac Flotilla Edit

Chotank operated as a part of the Potomac Flotilla during the year 1862.

Post-war decommissioning and sale Edit

She was then was laid up at New York Navy Yard until sold 15 August 1865.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

See also Edit

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