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Wassuc (1865-1875)

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USS Wassuc, an 1175-ton Casco-class light draft monitor built at Thomaston, Maine, was completed in October 1865. Upon delivery to the Navy, she was laid up at the Boston Navy Yard and saw no commissioned service. During the widespread ship renamings of June 1869, she became USS Stromboli, but regained her original name in August of that year. USS Wassuc was sold for scrapping in 1875.

This page features all the views we have related to USS Wassuc.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

Photo #: NH 100992

USS Shawnee (1865-1875)

and
USS Wassuc (1865-1875)

Laid up at the Boston Navy Yard, circa 1871-72.
USS Miantonomoh (1865-1874) is at the extreme right, housed over.
The original photograph is the left side of a stereograph pair.

Courtesy of Louis H. Smaus, 1986.





A stereo pair version of this image is available as Photo # NH 100992-A

Online Image of stereo pair: 68KB; 675 x 355 pixels

Photo #: NH 85968

USS Miantonomoh
(1865-1874)

Laid up and housed over at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1871-1872.
A "light-draft" monitor, either USS Shawnee or USS Wassuc, is moored beside her. USS Sabine is refitting on the opposite side of the pier.

Courtesy of Martin Holbrook, 1977.



Photo #: NH 46261

USS Miantonomoh
(1865-1874)

Being broken up at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1874.
Partially visible at left is a "light-draft" monitor, either USS Shawnee or USS Wassuc.



Photo #: NH 94045-KN (color)

USS Wassuc (1865-1875)

Hand-colored construction drawing of shot lifter fittings for the light-draft monitor's gun turret. This drawing is stamped "Light Draught Monitors General Inspector Office. Sheet No. 79", is dated 20 February 1864 and signed by Alban C. Stimers, General Inspector.
Note that this plan shows the turret outfitted with one XI-inch Dahlgren smoothbore gun (left gun) and one 150-pounder (8-inch) Parrott rifled gun.



Online Image: 182KB; 1200 x 910 pixels

Note: In addition to the views presented above, the Mariners Museum in Newport News, Virginia, holds a lithograph of USS Wassuc, depicting her port broadside aspect with an awning rigged over her turret, a pennant flying from a pole mast atop the turret, the U.S. National Ensign flying from her stern flagstaff and the U.S. Jack flying from the jackstaff at her bow.
This item has Mariners Museum's image number LP-153.
This print was published by Endicott & Company, New York, circa 1865. As with other ship lithographs by that publisher, it was probably issued to represent many, if not all, of the other vessels of the Casco class.

For additional information on this item, the availability of reproductions and usage rights, contact the Mariners Museum. Its WEB site can be readily found through standard Internet search engines.

If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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