USS Winooski (1863)
USS Winooski, shortly after the American Civil War
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Launched:||30 July 1863|
|Commissioned:||27 June 1865|
|Decommissioned:||circa June 1867|
|Fate:||sold, 25 August 1868|
|Draught:||depth of hold 11' 6"|
USS Winooski (1863) was a large steamer with powerful guns acquired by the Navy at the end of the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy as a gunboat and served on the U.S. East Coast and the Caribbean Sea.
Winooski, a double-ended, sidewheel gunboat, was launched on 30 July 1863 at the Boston Navy Yard; towed to Providence, Rhode Island, for the installation of her machinery; completed at the New York Navy Yard; and placed in commission on 27 June 1865, Comdr. George W. Cooper in command.
She stood out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the last day of August and set course for the West Indies. She patrolled the Caribbean until a yellow fever epidemic forced her to return to Portsmouth and quarantine late in June 1867.
Laid up at the end of the period of quarantine, the ship remained at Portsmouth until 25 August 1868 when she was sold to Mr. John Mullen.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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