USS Unit (1862)

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Union Navy Jack United States
Ordered: as Union
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1862
Acquired: 2 June 1864
In service: 1864
Out of service: 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Fate: sold, 12 July 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 57 tons
Length: not known
Beam: not known
Draught: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Speed: 7.5 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: none indicated

USS Unit (1862) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.

She was used as a tugboat by the Navy and she provided her services to ships in the blockade squadrons. She also served as a repair tender for ships needing her services.

Service during the American Civil War[edit]

Unit—steamer Union built at Philadelphia in 1862—was purchased at Boston on 2 June 1864. Unit was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and served as a tug and repair vessel in Hampton Roads, Virginia, for the duration of the Civil War. In June 1865, the tug was sent to New York City.

End-of-war decommission and continued maritime career[edit]

Unit was sold at auction there on 12 July 1865 to C. and E. T. Peters. Redocumented as a merchant steamer on 6 September 1865, Unit remained in mercantile service until 1902.

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