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Name: USS Pequot
Namesake: Pequot tribe
Launched: 4 June 1863
Commissioned: 15 January 1864
Decommissioned: 3 June 1865
Fate: Sold, 1869
General characteristics
Type: Gunboat
Length: 190 ft (58 m)
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 130
Armament: • 1 × 50-pounder gun
• 1 × 30-pounder Parrott rifle
• 6 × 32-pounder guns
• 2 × 24-pounder howitzers
• 1 × heavy 12-pounder gun
• 1 × 12-pounder rifle

The first USS Pequot was a wooden screw gunboat of the Union Navy during the American Civil War. The ship was launched on 4 June 1863 by the Boston Navy Yard; and commissioned there on 15 January 1864, Lt. Comdr. Stephen P. Quackenbush in command. The ship was named for the Pequot Indian tribe resident in Southern Connecticut, members of the Algonquian language grouping.

Service history[]

The new gunboat departed Boston on 5 February and joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She captured British blockade runner Don off Beaufort, North Carolina, on 4 March, and helped the Army beat back a Confederate attack on Wilson's Wharf, James River, Virginia, on 24 May. Blockade duty occupied her until she participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher which protected Wilmington, North Carolina, on 24 February 1864 and 13 January 1865, closing that last major Confederate port. She followed this victory by helping capture Fort Anderson, North Carolina.


After the end of the Civil War, she decommissioned at New York Navy Yard on 3 June 1865 and was laid up until sold in 1869.


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