USS Crocus (1862)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Crocus.
Career (US) Union Navy Jack
Ordered: as Solomon Thomas
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1862 at New York City
Acquired: 31 July 1863
Commissioned: 31 July 1863
Out of service: 17 August 1863
Struck: 1863 (est.)
Fate: sank, 17 August 1863
General characteristics
Displacement: 122 tons
Length: 79 ft (24 m)
Beam: 18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)
Draught: 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed: 8 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: 2 guns

USS Crocus (1862) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.

Crocus was planned to be used by the Union Navy as a gunboat, to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.

Built in New York in 1862[edit]

Crocus, a screw steamer, was built in 1862 at New York City as Solomon Thomas. She was purchased 31 July 1863 from C. W. Copeland and renamed Crocus.

A short career in the Civil War[edit]

Her career was one of the shortest in the Navy. Clearing New York City 14 August 1863 under the command of Acting Ensign J. L. Winton, Crocus ran aground on Bodie's Island, North Carolina, 17 August and was totally wrecked.

All of her crew were saved.


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

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