USS Pilgrim (1864)

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The first USS Pilgrim, a canal boat, was purchased during the American Civil War by the Union Navy at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 July 1864, laden with stone, and sent via Baltimore, Maryland, to the James River to be sunk on the bar at Trent’s Reach, Virginia, to protect General Ulysses S. Grant’s troops from Confederate attack by water.

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