The builder of the ship Argo which Jason commanded during the expedition in quest of the Golden Fleece. Also, Odysseus' dog in Homer's epic poem. The Odyssey. When Odysseus returned from the Trojan War after an absence of 20 years, Argos wagged his tail in recognition and then died. Also, the name of several ancient cities and districts in Greece.
Koka (q.v.)—a single-turreted, light-draft monitor completed on 28 November 1865 but never commissioned—was renamed Argos on 15 June 1869.