USS Crocus (1862)
|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|
|Fate:||sank, 17 August 1863|
|Length:||79 ft (24 m)|
|Beam:||18 ft 6 in (5.64 m)|
|Draught:||9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)|
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
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
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.