USS Phlox (1864)
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|Ordered:||as F. W. Lincoln|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||2 August 1864|
|Commissioned:||14 September 1864|
|Decommissioned:||28 July 1865|
|Out of service:||1873|
|Fate:||transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1865|
|Draught:||depth of hold 9’
USS Phlox (1864) was a steamer commissioned by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She served the Union Navy’s struggle against the Confederate States of America as a gunboat; and, after the war’s end, she served the midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as a training ship.
Steamer constructed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1864
Phlox, a wooden side wheel steamer built at Boston, Massachusetts, in 1864 as F. W. Lincoln, was purchased by the Union Navy from McKay & Aldus 2 August 1864; renamed Phlox the same day; and commissioned at Boston Navy Yard 14 September 1864, Act. Ens. Douglas F. O’Brien in command.
Assigned to the North Atlantic blockade
Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Phlox steamed south late in September and operated in the James River helping maintain communications among the Union ships, supporting General Ulysses S. Grant’s operations against Richmond, Virginia.
Supporting the attack on Fort Fisher
After Fort Fisher fell, Phlox returned to the James River where she served through the end of the war.
Phlox decommissioning at the Washington Navy Yard 28 July 1865. Later that year Phlox was moved to Annapolis, Maryland, and subsequently served in a non-commissioned status as practice ship for midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy until 1873.