USS Collier

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Name: USS Collier
Launched: 1864
Acquired: by purchase, 7 December 1864
Commissioned: 18 March 1865
Decommissioned: 29 July 1865
Fate: Sold, 1865
General characteristics
Type: Gunboat
Tonnage: 177 long tons (180 t)
Length: 158 ft (48 m)
Beam: 30 ft (9.1 m)
  • 1 × 12-pounder (5 kg) gun
  • 2 × 20-pounder (9 kg) guns
  • 6 × 24-pounder (11 kg) howitzers

USS Collier was a stern wheel steamer built at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1864 as the Allen Collier and purchased by the United States Navy on 7 December of that year.

The ship was commissioned as the USS Allen Collier on 18 March 1865 and renamed to be USS Collier soon thereafter. Navy records occasionally continued to refer to the ship by her original name, Allen Collier and more frequently by a name which she never carried officially: A. Collier.

Collier patrolled the Mississippi River until the end of the American Civil War. She was decommissioned on 29 July 1865 and sold into civilian service later that year.


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