USS Para (1861)

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USS Para
USS Para with ships at right
Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Para
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: 9 September 1861
Commissioned: 4 February 1862
Decommissioned: 5 August 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 8 September 1865
General characteristics
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 200 long tons (200 t)
Length: 98 ft (30 m)
Beam: 24 ft (7.3 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Depth of hold: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Speed: varied
Complement: Unknown
Armament: 1 × 13 in (330 mm) gun, 2 × 32-pounder guns
Armor: Wood

USS Para (1861) was a schooner acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.

Purchased in New York City in 1862[edit]

Para — a wooden schooner — was purchased from James Bishop & Co., New York City on 9 September 1861 and commissioned on 4 February 1862, Acting Master Edward J. Furber in command.

Civil War[edit]

Assigned to the Gulf Squadron Blockade[edit]

Assigned first to the Gulf Squadron, Para participated in the bombardment of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip from 18–24 April 1862. Later transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, she operated along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for the remainder of the war.

Operations with the South Atlantic Blockade[edit]

On 19 June 1863, she captured blockade running schooner Emma off Mosquito Inlet, South Carolina. Off Florida on 18 July, she sent men ashore in boats to participate in the attack on New Smyrna, Florida. The Union force captured a sloop loaded with cotton and an unladen schooner, burnt several other vessels, and destroyed all buildings which had been occupied by troops.

Covering troop movements up the St. Mary's River[edit]

Continuing operations off the southeastern seaboard, she escorted troops up the St. Mary's River to Woodstock, Florida, to obtain lumber, engaged Confederate forces along the river banks to cover the transports as they took on the lumber, captured steamer Hard Times, then covered the retirement of the transports from 16–23 February 1864.

Post-war decommissioning and sale[edit]

Para decommissioned at Boston, Massachusetts on 5 August 1865 and was sold at auction to J. C. Osgood on 8 September.

See also[edit]


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