USS Mendota (1863)

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USS Mendota
USS Mendota
Career (US)
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 13 January 1863
Acquired: 1 February 1864
Commissioned: 2 May 1864
Decommissioned: 12 May 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 7 December 1867
General characteristics
Displacement: 974 tons
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
side wheel-propelled
Speed: 11 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: two 100-pounder guns
four 9-inch smoothbore guns
two 24-pounder guns
two 20-pounder guns

USS Mendota (1863) was a steamer built for the Union Navy during the American Civil War. With her heavy guns, she was planned by the Union Navy for use as a bombardment gunboat, but also as a gunboat stationed off Confederate waterways to prevent their trading with foreign countries.

Mendota, a sidewheel gunboat, was launched 13 January 1863 by F. Z. Tucker, Brooklyn, New York; acquired by the Navy 1 February 1864; and commissioned 2 May 1864, Comdr. E. T. Nichols in command.

Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockade on the James River[edit]

From the day of her commissioning in 1864, Mendota was assigned to the James River Division, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The first 10 months she served as a picket ship near Four Mile Creek. Her guns were used to prevent the establishment of Confederate batteries or entrenchments which would threaten river communications or imperil a small Union Army base camp.

Action on 28 July was particularly intense. During her last 2 months of service she directed ship movements at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and also at the mouth of the Delaware River.

Post-war decommissioning and disposal[edit]

After the war Mendota decommissioned 12 May 1865 and was laid up at League Island, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until sold 7 December 1867.

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References[edit]

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

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