USS Mendota (1863)

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USS Mendota
USS Mendota
United States
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 13 January 1863
Acquired: 1 February 1864
Commissioned: 2 May 1864
Decommissioned: 12 May 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 7 December 1867
General characteristics
Displacement: 974 tons
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draught: 8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)
Speed: 11 knots
Complement: not known
  • two 100-pounder guns
  • four 9-inch smoothbore guns
  • two 24-pounder guns
  • two 20-pounder guns

USS Mendota (1863) was a steamer built for the Union Navy during the American Civil War. With her heavy guns, she was planned by the Union Navy for use as a bombardment gunboat, but also as a gunboat stationed off Confederate waterways to prevent their trading with foreign countries.

Mendota, a sidewheel gunboat, was launched 13 January 1863 by F. Z. Tucker, Brooklyn, New York; acquired by the Navy 1 February 1864; and commissioned 2 May 1864, Comdr. Edward T. Nichols in command.

Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockade on the James River[edit]

From the day of her commissioning in 1864, Mendota was assigned to the James River Division, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The first ten months she served as a picket ship near Four Mile Creek. Her guns were used to prevent the establishment of Confederate batteries or entrenchments which would threaten river communications or imperil a small Union Army base camp.

Action on 28 July was particularly intense. During her last two months of service, she directed ship movements at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and also at the mouth of the Delaware River.

Post-war decommissioning and disposal[edit]

After the war, Mendota decommissioned 12 May 1865 and was laid up at League Island, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until sold 7 December 1867.

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

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