Thursday, May 7, 2015

USS Aroostook - Gunboat

USS Aroostrook - Gunboat
A 691 - ton Unatilla class screw steam gunboat built at Kennebunk, Maine.
She was commissioned in Feb. 1862.  In early March, 1862  she assisted
 the storm-disabled  USS Vermont, suffering damage herself in the process.
After repairs Aroostook arrived at Hampton Roads, Virginia, where she
participated in operations against Norfolk  and, once that port had fallen
up the James River.  She engaged Confederate forces on several occasions
among them the bombardment at Drewry's Bluff on 15 May.
In Sept. 1862, after the end of General McClellan's Peninsula Campaign,
the gunboat served with the Potomac Flotilla before being ordered to the
Gulf of Mexico.

Aroostook joined the blockade of Mobile Bay, Alabama in October 1862
and served off there for nearly a year, during which time she took part in the
capture and destruction  of several blockade running sailing vessels.
She was stationed off the Texas coast from November  1863 she took three
more blockade runnersand assisted in destroying another.  Aroostook
left the Gulf in Sept. 1865 some months after the end of the Civil War and
was decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsyvania.

The above drawing was taken from a photograph circa 1867- 69.  

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