|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||6 March 1863|
|Out of service:||1865|
|Fate:||struck a mine and sank, 1865|
USS Ida (1863) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used as a towboat and dispatch boat by the Navy, and she provided her services to ships in the blockade squadrons.
Ida was chartered by the Navy in New Orleans, Louisiana, 3 February 1863 and purchased 6 March.
Assigned to the Mortar Flotilla in the Mississippi River
She was assigned to the mortar flotilla for use as a dispatch vessel and for towing the motor boats in the swift and tricky currents of the Mississippi River. She operated primarily below Port Hudson, Louisiana, maintaining communication between the flotilla and the squadron flagship. She was also used commandeering and towing off any boats suitable for military use found in the river.
She came under fire while assisting Iberville 3 July but escaped damage. After Port Hudson fell 9 July clearing the entire Mississippi River for Union shipping, Ida continued to operate in the lower river towing oceangoing vessels between the mouth of the river and New Orleans.
Struck by a mine in Mobile Bay, Ida sinks
While clearing the main channel of Mobile Bay, Ida struck a torpedo (mine) which crushed the timbers on her starboard side, burst her boilers, and tore up her decks 13 April 1865. In a few moments she flooded and sank in mid-channel. Three members of her crew were killed and two were wounded. Her wrecked hull was sold 11 September 1865.