USS Eutaw (1863)

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Name: USS Eutaw
Builder: J. J. Abrahams, Baltimore, Maryland
Launched: February 1863
Commissioned: 2 July 1863
Decommissioned: 8 May 1865
Fate: Sold, 15 October 1867
General characteristics
Type: Steam gunboat
Displacement: 1,173 long tons (1,192 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 35 ft (11 m)
Draft: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 10 kn (12 mph; 19 km/h)
Complement: 135 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 9 in (230 mm) smoothbore guns, 2 × 100-pounder rifled guns, 2 × 20-pounder rifled guns

USS Eutaw — a 1,173 long tons (1,192 t) Sassacus-class "double-ender" steam gunboat built at Baltimore, Maryland by J. J. Abrahams — was commissioned on 2 July 1863, Lieutenant Commander H. C. Blake in command.

Service history

Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, she spent most of the American Civil War operating on the Potomac and James Rivers and along the Atlantic coast. On 4-5 May 1864, Eutaw covered the Army as it landed below City Point, Virginia, and, on 14 July and 17 July, she bombarded the Confederates at Malvern Hill. Later on 5 July, along with Augusta, she towed the ill-fated monitor Tecumseh from Hampton Roads to the Gulf of Mexico, returning to the James River on 22 August.

In April 1865, with the war nearly at an end, Eutaw went to New York City on 26 April, where she was decommissioned on 8 May. She was sold on 15 October 1867.


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