USS Daffodil (1862)

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Union Navy Jack
Name: USS Daffodil
Namesake: The well-known single-flowered plant.[1]
Owner: B. C. Terry
Acquired: 17 November 1862
Fate: Sold on 13 March 1867
General characteristics
Class and type: Sidewheel Tug
Displacement: 173 tons
Length: 110 ft 6 in (33.68 m)
Beam: 22 ft 6 in (6.86 m)
Draught: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Propulsion: Steam
Speed: 8 kts.
Complement: 35 officers and enlisted[2]
Armament: 2 20-pdr. rifle

USS Daffodil was a side-wheel steamer in the United States Navy.

Daffodil was built as Jonas Smith by B. C. Terry at Keyport, New Jersey, in 1862. She was purchased at New York 17 November 1862 and fitted out at New York Navy Yard.

Service Record[edit]

Assigned to duty with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Daffodil sailed 24 November 1862, Acting Master L. G. Crane in command. From her arrival at Port Royal, South Carolina on 10 December 1862 until the end of the war she served as tug in the coastal waters of South Carolina and Georgia. Her services were characterized by Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont as invaluable. On 8 September 1863 she towed 25 of the boats in the assault on Fort Sumter. From 27 November to 29 December 1864 she took part in the successful Army-Navy expedition up Broad River to destroy the Charleston and Savannah Railroad Bridge near Pocotaligo, South Carolina. On 27 January 1865 she made a reconnaissance up the Ashepoo River and on 9 February joined in a successful engagement with enemy batteries in the Togodo River.


Date[3] Prize Name[4] Gross Proceeds Costs and Expenses Amount for Distribution Where Adjudicated Sent to 4th Auditor for Distribution Vessels Entitled to Share
13 May 1863 Wonder $3,627.85[5] $966.01[6] $2,661.84[7] Philadelphia[8] 2 Feb 1865[9] Daffodil, Detachment from Wabash[10]
12 Mar 1864 General Sumter
14 Mar 1864 Hattie Brock

Officers Assigned[edit]

Tug Daffodil January 1863[11]
Rank Name
Acting Master E. M. Baldwin
Acting Master's Mate Francis Such
Acting Master's Mate S. C. Bishop
Acting Second Assistant Engineer J. P. Rossman
Acting Third Assistant Engineer Geo. Cunningham
Steamer Daffodil January 1864[12]
Rank Name
Acting Ensign F. W. Sanborn
Acting Master's Mate J. C. Wentworth
Acting Master's Mate C. L. Weedon
Acting Master's Mate T. E. Harvey
Acting Master's Mate D. Lester
Acting Second Assistant Engineer T. W. Dee
Acting Third Assistant Engineer Wm. Fisher
Acting Third Assistant Engineer W. F. Henderson
Fourth-Rate Daffodil January 1865[13]
Rank Name
Acting Master Wm. H. Mallard
Acting Ensign John McGlathery
Acting Master's Mate N. B. Walker
Acting Third Assistant Engineer Wm. H. Capen
Acting Third Assistant Engineer Thomas Forrest
Acting Third Assistant Engineer John Tucker

Post War[edit]

After the American Civil War Daffodil joined the newly organized North Atlantic Squadron and was stationed at Port Royal, South Carolina, until sold at Savannah, Georgia on 13 March 1867.


  1. ^ DANFS
  2. ^ DANFS, Silverstone, Warships, p. 122.
  3. ^ Silverstone, Warships, p. 122.
  4. ^ Silverstone, Warships, p. 122.
  5. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 843.
  6. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 843.
  7. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 843.
  8. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 843.
  9. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 843.
  10. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 843.
  11. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 391.
  12. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 675.
  13. ^ Porter, Naval History, p. 773.


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

Porter, David D. The Naval History of the Civil War Castle, Secaucus, NJ, 1984, ISBN 0-89009-575-2.
Silverstone, Paul H. Warships of the Civil War Navies Naval Institute Press,Annapolis, MD, 1989, ISBN 0-87021-783-6.