USS Mendota (1863)
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Launched:||13 January 1863|
|Acquired:||1 February 1864|
|Commissioned:||2 May 1864|
|Decommissioned:||12 May 1865|
|Fate:||sold, 7 December 1867|
|Length:||205 ft (62 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)|
|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
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.
Post-war decommissioning and disposal
- Photo gallery at Naval Historical Center