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USS Theta (1864)
Career (US) Naval jack of the United States (1865–1867) US flag 34 stars.svg
Ordered: as John T. Jenkins
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: 9 December 1864
at Norfolk, Virginia
In service: 1864 (est.)
Out of service: 1865 (est.)
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: not known
Length: not known
Beam: not known
Draught: not known
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: not known

USS Theta (1864) was a steamer purchased by the Union Navy during the latter years of the American Civil War.

Theta was acquired by the Admiral David Dixon Porter, but records of her service are sparse. Since she was a tugboat, she probably served that function, as required, at Norfolk, Virginia.

Purchased by the Union Navy Edit

John T. Jenkins, a screw tug, was purchased for the Navy by Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter on 9 December 1864 at Norfolk, Virginia, and renamed Theta.

Service with the Union Navy Edit

Acquired late in the Civil War, Theta probably saw little or no service. There are no records of any deck logs for her, and she is mentioned but once in the "Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion"—with reference to her purchase.

Her service—if she served at all—was brief and probably consisted of some variety of yard tug duty at Norfolk.

Post-war disposition Edit

She was sold late in 1865—one source indicates that the sale occurred on 17 August 1865—but that transaction remains undocumented. In any event, her name had disappeared from the "List of Vessels of the United States Navy" by 20 January 1866 when the 1866 Navy Register was issued.

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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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