U.S.S. Pilgrim (1864)

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U.S.S. Pilgrim (1864)
Hull Number: None
Builder: Pusey & Jones[1]
Launched: 1 November, 1864[2]
Commissioned: 2 March, 1865[3]
Stricken: 1 January, 1889[4]
Sold: 25 April, 1891[5]
U.S.S. Pilgrim was an iron-hulled screw tug completed in 1865 for the U.S. Navy

Construction

Pilgrim was one of eleven iron-hulled steam tugs ordered by the Navy Department to assist with the blockade of the Southern states. According to the New York Times of 12 September, 1864, "Strong and efficient tugs have long been needed by the blockading fleets, and it was found that the old wooden tugs that ply along our rivers were poor substitutes for the service."[6] The other ten tugs were the nine Fortunes and Pilgrim's sister Maria (lost in collision with the monitor Miantonomoh in 1870).

Pilgrim was built at Wilmington, Delaware by Pusey & Jones and launched on 1 November, 1864.[7]

Service

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

Pilgrim completed too late for service in the Civil War, and her career is sparsely documented other than logs covering slightly more than a year in 1870 and 1871. She seems to have spent the majority of her career as a yard tug at Philadelphia Navy Yard, usually serving in a non-commissioned capacity.[8][9]

At some point between 1868 and 1870, Pilgrim was reassigned to duty as a tender to the North Atlantic Fleet.[10] She commissioned at Key West on 4 May, 1870 and operated primarily in the Florida Keys until steaming to New Orleans in the spring of 1871. In July she returned to Philadelphia where she decommissioned 29 July, 1871. Upon decommissioning she probably resumed service as a yard tug.[11]

Pilgrim was stricken from the Naval Register 1 January, 1889, appraised at $500, and sold at Philadelphia on 25 March, 1891.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Armament

1870

[16]

  • Two howitzers

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Silverstone. Civil War. p. 79.
  2. Silverstone. Civil War. p. 79.
  3. Silverstone. Civil War. p. 79.
  4. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 3.
  5. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 3.
  6. "Naval Movements". The New York Times. Monday, 12 September, 1863. Vol. XIII. Issue 4,046, col. D, p. 8.
  7. Silverstone. Civil War. p. 79.
  8. Register of Officers, 1868. p. 160.
  9. Register of Officers, 1883. p. 168.
  10. Register of Officers, 1870. p. 155.
  11. Register of Officers, 1883. p. 168.
  12. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 3.
  13. Register of Officers, 1868. p. 117.
  14. Register of Officers, 1870. p. 16.
  15. Records of Living Officers (3th ed). p. 222.
  16. Register of Officers, 1870. p. 155.

Bibliography

  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: Civil War Navies, 1855-1883. New York: Routledge.
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.


Steam Tug U.S.S. Pilgrim