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USS Wave (1863)
Career (US) Flag of the United States (1865–1867).svg Naval ensign of the Confederate States of America (1863–1865).svg
Ordered: as Argosy No. 2
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1863
Acquired: 14 November 1863
In service: early 1864
Out of service: 6 May 1864
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Captured: by Confederate forces
6 May 1864
Fate: unknown
General characteristics
Displacement: 229 tons
Length: not known
Beam: not known
Draught: not known
Propulsion: steam engine
side wheel-propelled
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: six guns
Armour: tinclad

USS Wave (1863) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a gunboat in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways until she was herself captured by Confederate forces.

Argosy No. 2 constructed in Pennsylvania, renamed WaveEdit

Argosy No. 2, a sidewheel steamboat built in 1863 at Monongahela, Pennsylvania, was acquired by the Navy on 14 November 1863, renamed Wave, and converted to a "tinclad" gunboat.

Assigned to the West Gulf BlockadeEdit

Early in 1864, she was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and took up her initial station off New Orleans, Louisiana.

Participating in the Calcasieu River expeditionEdit

On 15 April, she received orders to shift to Calcasieu Pass at the mouth of the Calcasieu River in southwestern Louisiana. She arrived there on 24 April and entered the mouth of the river in company with USS Granite City to collect Confederate renegades for service in the Navy and to round up all the arms, saddles, and harness in the area that could be utilized for military purposes by the Confederacy.

Under attack, Wave and Granite City captured by ConfederatesEdit

At daybreak on 6 May, while riding at anchor in the river, the two ships were surprised by the entire Sabine Pass garrison. Granite City surrendered about 45 minutes later, but Wave fought on for another 45 minutes until, her engines and moveable guns disabled and eight of her crew wounded, she found herself unable to continue the struggle. Accordingly, her crew destroyed documents and materiel on board, and her commanding officer surrendered Wave to the Southerners.

In service as a cargo ship by the ConfederatesEdit

The Confederates employed the vessel as a cargo steamer. Her ultimate disposition is unknown, but she was probably destroyed by retreating Confederate forces.

See alsoEdit


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found Unio service here and Confederate service here.

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