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USS Thunder (1862)
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Ordered: as Annie Dees
Acquired: 9 December 1863 at New York City
In service: 1864
Out of service: 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Captured: by Union Navy forces
on 20 November 1862
Fate: sold, 8 August 1865
General characteristics
Propulsion: sloop sail

USS Thunder (1862) was a blockade running steamer captured by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.

Thunder was purchased by the Union Navy at the prize court and outfitted her as a ship's tender used to support Union ships in the South Atlantic blockade of the Confederate States of America.

Captured by Union Navy forcesEdit

Blockade runner, Annie Dees, was captured by Union screw gunboat USS Seneca off Charleston, South Carolina, on 20 November 1862 and was purchased by the Navy from the New York City Prize Court on 9 December 1863.

Service with the Union NavyEdit

Renamed Thunder, the sloop joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron for use as a ship’s tender. During October 1864, she operated off Wassaw Sound, Georgia, and returned to Port Royal, South Carolina, in November for repairs. Thunder serviced blockade vessels off the Savannah River, Georgia, in January and February 1865 and spent most of the remaining months of the war on duty off Tybee Island, South Carolina.

Post-war decommissioningEdit

Thunder was sold at Port Royal on 8 August 1865 to John Smith.

See alsoEdit


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

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