The name camel is given both to the well-known Asiatic and African ruminants, and to wooden floats used especially to fend vessels off piers.
(Slp.: cpl. 40; a. 2 18-pdr., 2 24-pdr. car.)
The first Camel, an armed sloop, was purchased in April 1813 and outfitted at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Throughout the war of 1812 she served with the Delaware Flotilla, joining in the protection of the upper Delaware and the operations to drive British blockaders out of the Bay. Camel was sold at Philadelphia on 12 August 1816.