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USS Tempest (1862)
Career (US) Naval jack of the United States (1865–1867) US flag 34 stars.svg
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: in 1862 at Louisville, Kentucky
Acquired: 30 December 1864
Commissioned: 26 April 1865
Decommissioned: 30 November 1865 at
Mound City, Illinois
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 29 November 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 161 tons
Length: not known
Beam: not known
Draught: not known
Propulsion: steam engine
side wheel-propelled
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: two 12-pounder guns
two 24-pounder howitzers
two 30-pounder Parrott rifles

USS Tempest (1862) was a 161-ton steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War for service against the Confederate States of America.

Tempest was commissioned as a gunboat at the end of the war and was assigned demobilization operations in western waters of the Confederacy.

Built at Louisville, Kentucky, in 1862Edit

Tempest—a wooden-hulled, sidewheel steamer built in 1862 at Louisville, Kentucky—was acquired by the Navy at Cincinnati, Ohio, on 30 December 1864 from Joseph Brown; was converted there to a gunboat by Mr. Brown; and was commissioned on 26 April, Acting Volunteer Lt. Comdr. William G. Saltonstall in command.

Civil War-related operationsEdit

Tempest operated with the naval forces in western waters throughout her brief naval career. She served as flagship for Acting Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, while he directed efforts on the Mississippi River and its tributaries to prevent the escape of the former President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.

She continued in this role while he oversaw the demobilization of the Mississippi Squadron. Rear Admiral Lee hauled down his flag from her on 14 August.

Post-war decommissioningEdit

The ship was decommissioned at Mound City, Illinois, on 30 November 1865, the day after she was sold at public auction there to Robert Cams. Tempest was redocumented on 11 December 1865 and remained in merchant service until 1870.

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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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