USS Poinsett (1840)
|Namesake:||Joel Roberts Poinsett|
|Owner:||U.S. War Department|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||by the U.S. Navy in 1840 from the U.S. War Department|
|In service:||circa 1840|
|Out of service:||August 1842|
|Fate:||returned to the War Department in 1845|
|Propulsion:||steam engine, sidewheel-propelled|
USS Poinsett (1840) was a gunboat acquired by the U.S. Navy from the U.S. War Department for use during the Second Seminole War. Post-war she performed survey duties before being returned to the War Department.
Service in the Second Seminole War
The first ship to be so named by the Navy, Poinsett, a sidewheel gunboat, was transferred from the War Department to the Navy Department in 1840 for service in the 2nd Seminole War. Initially commanded by Comdr. Isaac Mayo, she was employed against the Seminoles until August 1842 when a large percentage of the tribe was relocated in the west.