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Dollie Webb

 

(StwGbt: t. 139; a. 5 guns)

 

Webb—only twice referred to in published official records by any but her last name, once as Dollie and once as Dolly—is believed to have been a Wheeling, Va., steamer built there in 1859. [It does not seem likely she was Frank Webb, as one compiler has suggested, unless there were two different ships involved]. In the one available description of her, she was a large sternwheeler, "ship built", "a regular gunboat" with "five pieces of artillery and a complement of 200 men, and is commanded by Major [George T.] Howard. I judge her . . . to be a towboat altered," wrote Lt. George H. Preble, USN, on 22 July 1862. Webb appears to be inseparable from Music for about two weeks and then both fade into obscurity again. [See Music, inf.]