USS Massasoit (1863)
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Launched:||8 March 1863|
|Commissioned:||8 March 1864|
|Decommissioned:||31 July 1864|
|In service:||25 August 1864|
|Out of service:||27 June 1865|
|Fate:||sold, 15 October 1867|
|Length:||205 ft (62 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||8 ft 8 in (2.64 m)|
|Armament:||two 100-pounder guns
four 9” smoothbore guns
two 24-pounder guns
two 12-pounder guns
Launched in Boston in 1863
Massasoit was launched 8 March 1863 by Curtis & Tilden, Boston, Massachusetts; commissioned 8 March 1864, Lt. Comdr. Edward Barrett in command; but did not leave the Navy Yard before decommissioning 31 July 1864.
Civil War service
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockade
In October Massasoit joined Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter’s North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. After several escort voyages from New York City to Hampton Roads, Virginia, she served on picket duty on the James River, in Virginia.
She took part in the 24 January 1865 duel with Confederate batteries at Howlett’s House, and the following months stood by to prevent any southern rams from reaching the coast.
Carrying dispatches for General William Sherman
Final decommissioning and sale
Entering New York Harbor 18 June, Massasoit decommissioned 27 June 1865 and was sold 15 October 1867.