|File:USS Cherokee 1864.jpg|
|Career||File:US Naval Jack 36 stars.svg|
|Length:||194.5 ft (59.3 m)|
|Beam:||25 ft (7.6 m)|
|Draught:||11.5 ft (3.5 m)|
|Armour:||2 x 20-pdr. r., 4 x 24-pdr. sb.|
The USS Cherokee was a 606 ton screw steam gunboat in the US Navy during the American Civil War ship. The ship later served in the Chilean Navy.
The ship was built in 1859 at Renfrew, Scotland, for commercial employment. Under the name Thistle she successfully ran through the Federal blockade into Charleston, South Carolina, in late January 1863. She ran aground while attempting to leave port a month later.The ship was salvaged, sold to another owner and renamed Cherokee. On 8 May 1863, she again attempted to an outbound passage, but was captured by USS Canandaigua. Prior to delivery to the Boston Prize Court on 7 July, she was used in the search for the Confederate raider CSS Tacony.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.