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USS Otsego (1863)
Sinking of the 'Otsego' and blowing up of the 'Bazeley.jpg
Career (US) Union Navy Jack
Name: USS Otsego
Builder: Jacob A. & D. D. Westervelt, New York City
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 31 March 1863
Commissioned: spring of 1864
Out of service: 9 December 1864
Struck: 1864 (est.)
Fate: sunk by mine, 9 December 1864
General characteristics
Displacement: 974 tons
Length: 205 ft 0 in (62.48 m)
Beam: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
Draft: 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m)
Depth of hold: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
side-wheel propelled
Speed: 14 knots
Complement: 145
Armament: two 100-pounder Parrott rifles
two 20-pounder Parrott rifles
four 9” Dahlgren smoothbores
two 24-pounder guns

USS Otsego (1863) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy 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.

Otsego, a wooden, double-ended, side-wheel gunboat, was launched 31 March 1863 by Jacob A. & D. D. Westervelt, New York City, New York, and apparently commissioned in the spring of 1864, Commander John P. Bankhead in command.

Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockade[edit | edit source]

Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron 2 May 1864, Otsego reached Hampton Roads, Virginia, on the 24th, and got underway on 12 June for New Berne, North Carolina, and served in the North Carolina Sounds where she served throughout her career, helping tighten the Union grip on these strategic waters and adjoining territory, primarily guarding the mouth of the Roanoke River against an attack by Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle.

Attacking and capturing Plymouth, North Carolina[edit | edit source]

When Lt. Cushing returned from his bold raid which destroyed the dreaded Southern ram on the night of 27–28 October, Otsego, in a group of Union ships under Comdr. Macomb ascended the Roanoke River and attacked Plymouth, North Carolina forcing it to surrender after a bitter fight, 1 November. The Federal forces took 37 prisoners, 22 cannon, vast stores, 200 stands of arms, and the hulk of sunken but still important Albemarle.

Otsego is sunk after striking two mines in the Roanoke River[edit | edit source]

For more than a month thereafter, Otsego performed reconnaissance and mop up work up the Roanoke River. On 9 December she struck two torpedoes (mines) in quick succession and sank in that river near Jamesville, North Carolina.

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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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