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<th height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Career (United States)</th> <th style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Flag of the United States (1863-1865).svg</th> </tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Name:</td><td> USS Watauga</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Namesake:</td><td> The Watauga River in North Carolina and Tennessee</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Laid down:</td><td> Never</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Commissioned:</td><td> Never, although carried on Navy List 1864</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Fate:</td><td> Construction contract cancelled 1866</td></tr>

<th colspan="2" height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">General characteristics </th></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Type:</td><td> Frigate</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Propulsion:</td><td> Steam, one screw</td></tr>

USS Watauga was a proposed United States Navy screw frigate that was never built.

Projected as a screw frigate, Watauga was intended to be similar to, but somewhat larger than, the Java-class frigates (USS Antietam, USS Guerriere, USS Minnetonka, and USS Piscataqua).[1]

Although first carried on the Navy List in 1864, Watauga was never laid down. The contract for her construction was cancelled in 1866.


  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905, p. 125


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