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USS Jonquil (1863)

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Ordered  as J. K. Kirkman
Launched  date unknown
Commissioned  28 October 1863
Length  21 m
Draft  2.01 m
Laid down  date unknown
Acquired  21 October 1863
Decommissioned  2 August 1865
Weight  91.4 tons

USS Jonquil (1863) was a warship commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1863. She served the Union Navy during the American Civil War.


Jonquil was purchased at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from S. F. Baker under the name J. K. Kirkman 21 October 1863; and commissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard 28 October, Acting Ensign I. T. Halstead in command.

Jonquil serves with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron

A week later Jonquil joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and took station off Charleston, South Carolina. Except for brief periods of repair and three months in the sounds of Georgia during the fall of 1864, she served for the remainder of the war in Charleston waters. She took her first prize 25 February 1865 when she captured an unidentified sloop in Deer Creek about 18 miles upstream from Charleston. She repeated the feat only two days later with a second sloop in Silver Creek.

Jonquil acts as minesweeper in Charleston waters

Perhaps Jonquil's most valuable service was early in March when she labored to sweep Charleston waters of stationary naval mines (then called "torpedoes", a term later reserved for mobile aquatic explosives) after the city had surrendered. While she was so engaged, a mne exploded aboard her, knocking nine men overboard and wounding three others. Prompt and effective repairs enabled the ship to be back at her task of sweeping the harbor the next day.

Post-war decommissioning

Jonquil returned north at the end of July and decommissioned 2 August 1865. She was sold at public auction 21 October 1865.


USS Jonquil (1863) Wikipedia