USS Muscoota

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Name: USS Muscoota
Builder: Greenpoint, New York
Commissioned: January 1865
Fate: Sold into merchant service, June 1869
Destroyed by fire, 29 June 1870
General characteristics
Type: Iron side-wheel steam gunboat
Tonnage: 1,370 long tons (1,392 t)

USS Muscoota, was a 1370-ton Mohongo-class iron "double-ender" steam gunboat of the United States Navy during the American Civil War.

The ship was built at Greenpoint, New York, and commissioned in January 1865. She was at Norfolk, Virginia, in May 1865 when ordered to Key West as part of an effort to prevent Confederate President Jefferson Davis escaping abroad. Muscoota remained in the Gulf of Mexico area at least until August 1866, when she was sent north in response to a serious outbreak of Yellow Fever among her crew.

Sold in June 1869, she was extensively rebuilt for merchant employment and renamed Tennessee. The ship had only a short civilian career, as she was destroyed by fire near Little River, North Carolina, on 29 June 1870.