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USS Abeona (1831)

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Name  USS Abeona
Commissioned  10 April 1865
Fate  Sold, 11 August 1865
Length  48 m
Namesake  Abeona
Decommissioned  4 August 1865
Launched  1831
Acquired  by purchase, 21 December 1864

USS Abeona was a stern wheel steamer in the service of the United States Navy, named after the Roman goddess Abeona.

She was built in 1831 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, purchased by the Navy on 21 December 1864, converted to a "tinclad" gunboat at Mound City, Illinois, and commissioned there on 10 April 1865 (one day after the surrender of Robert E. Lee) with Acting Master Samuel Hall in command.

From that day, the gunboat performed patrol and guard duty on the Mississippi River and its tributaries — primarily in the Mississippi Squadrons 5th (the Mississippi between Natchez and Vicksburg) and the 10th (the Cumberland River and upper Ohio River) Districts. After all organized Confederate resistance ceased and the South had begun its painful and uncertain return to a peaceful way of life, Abeona was decommissioned at Mound City on 4 August 1865.

She was sold there on 11 August 1865 to J. A. Williamson et al. and was redocumented under the same name on 17 October 1865. The veteran stern wheeler operated on the Mississippi and its branches until she caught fire at Cincinnati on 7 March 1872 and was destroyed.

As of 2004, no other ships in the United States Navy have borne this name.

References

USS Abeona (1831) Wikipedia


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