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USS Dumbarton (1861)
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Name: USS Dumbarton
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Commissioned: 13 August 1864
Decommissioned: 17 February 1865
Struck: 1867 (est.)
Captured: captured by Union Navy, 4 June 1864
Fate: sold, 15 October 1867
General characteristics
Type: Gunboat
Displacement: 636 long tons (646 t)
Length: 204 ft (62 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
side-wheel propelled
Speed: 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h)
Complement: Unknown
Armament: 2 × 32-pounder guns, 2 × 12-pounder howitzers

USS Dumbarton (1861) was a captured steam operated gunboat acquired by the Union Navy from the prize court during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.

Capture of the vessel, conversion to Union Navy useEdit

Thistle — a sidewheel steamer — was captured by Fort Jackson on 4 June 1864 while running the blockade off the coast of North Carolina; sent to Boston, Massachusetts, for condemnation; purchased from the prize court on 20 July 1864; renamed Dumbarton; and commissioned on 13 August 1864, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant H. Brown in command.

Assigned to search for the raider CSS TallahasseeEdit

Dumbarton's first assignment was to search for raider CSS Tallahassee along the Atlantic coast. She then joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Beaufort, North Carolina, and served on the blockade of Wilmington, North Carolina until 6 December 1864.

Post-war activity and decommissioningEdit

After being at Norfolk Navy Yard, Dumbarton served as flagship of Rear Admiral W. Radford in the James River, Virginia from 17 February-27 March 1865. She was out of commission at Washington Navy Yard until 11 November, when she was taken to New York Navy Yard and placed in ordinary. She was sold there on 15 October 1867.

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

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