- USS Martin (1864)
USS "Martin" (1864) was a steamer acquired by the
Union Navyduring the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy for various tasks, including those of a torpedo boat, tugboat, and a picket boat, patrolling Confederate waterways to prevent the South from trading with other countries.
"Martin", a screw tug built at
Albany, New York, in 1864was purchased by the Navy as "James McMartin" at New York City 16 June 1864; renamed "Martin" that same day; and commissioned later in the month, Acting Ens. Rudolph S. Sommers in command.
Assigned as a mine-layer boat for the North Atlantic Blockade
Equipped as a
torpedo boat, on 20 July"Martin" was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadronfor picket guard duty. On 27 Julyshe was taken in tow along with sister tug "Hoyt" by screw steamer "Monticello" for convoyfrom Hampton Roads, Virginiaat Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, arriving 2 days later.
Operations in the North Carolina waterways
"Martin" operated in the sounds of North Carolina, through
1864. On 29 Septembershe accompanied gunboat "Valley City" up the Scuppernong River to head off a group of Confederate conscriptors being chased by two Union Armysteamers from the vicinity of the Alligator River. With "Martin’s" assistance as a tug, "Valley City" was able to position her guns on the stragglers with telling results. "Martin" later joined in the operations which led to the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina, between 29 Octoberand 1 November.
End-of-war operations and decommissioning and sale
After overhaul at
Norfolk Navy Yardin early 1865, "Martin" returned to the sounds of North Carolina, in late February. She continued tug and picket duties through May before sailing north in June, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for decommissioning. "Martin" was sold there 10 August.
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