USS Juniper (1864)

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United States
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: 7 June 1864
Commissioned: 11 July 1864
Decommissioned: 26 May 1865
Struck: 1865
Homeport: Washington Navy Yard
Fate: sold, 29 June 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 116 tons
Length: 79 ft 6 in (24.23 m)
Beam: 18 ft 4 in (5.59 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 26

USS Juniper (1864) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a tugboat in support of the Union Navy blockade of Confederate waterways.

Juniper commissioned at the New York Navy Yard[edit]

Juniper was purchased at New York City from Solomon Thomas 7 June 1864; and commissioned at New York Navy Yard 11 July 1864.

Assigned to the Potomac River Flotilla[edit]

Juniper sailed for Washington, D.C. via Hampton Roads, Virginia, arriving at the Washington Navy Yard 17 July 1864. Two days later she was attached to the Potomac River Flotilla where she served during the remainder of the war performing varied duties as a tug, dispatch vessel, and patrol ship.

Post-war decommissioning and transfer to Treasury Department[edit]

She sailed from the lower Potomac River 5 May 1865 for the Washington Navy Yard, where she decommissioned 26 May. Juniper was sold to the U.S. Treasury Department for service under the Lighthouse Board 29 June 1865.


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

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