USS O. M. Pettit (1857)

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Ordered: as Oliver M. Pettit
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1857
Acquired: 17 August 1861
Commissioned: 4 October 1861
Decommissioned: 1865
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Homeport: Port Royal, South Carolina
Fate: sold, 2 September 1865
General characteristics
Displacement: 165 tons
Length: 106 ft (32 m)
Beam: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
Draft: 6 ft (1.8 m)
Depth of hold: 7 ft (2.1 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
side wheel-propelled
Speed: 8 knots
Complement: not known
Armament: one 30-pounder gun
one 20-pounder Parrott rifle

USS O. M. Pettit (1857) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy as a tugboat to service Union Navy ships blockading ports of the Confederate States of America.

Oliver M. Pettit, a wooden side wheel steamer built in 1857 at Williamsburg, New York, was purchased by the Navy at New York City 17 August 1861, and commissioned at New York Navy Yard 4 October 1861, as O. M. Pettit, Acting Master A. S. Gardner in command.

Assigned to serve with the South Atlantic Blockade

After serving as a tug at the New York Navy Yard, the side-wheeler joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron early in 1862, and performed similar services at Port Royal, South Carolina.

Post-war decommissioning, sale and civilian career

After the Civil War, O. M. Pettit was sold at Bay Point, South Carolina, 2 September 1865 to J. W. Walcott, and was abandoned in 1879.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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