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Hero

 

The schooner Hero and the steamer Hero are former names retained. The monitor Hero Is named for a priestess of Aphrodite at Sestos who, according to Greek legend, threw herself into the Hellespont after her lover, Leander, had drowned while swimming from Abydos to meet her.

 

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The screw steamer Hero was purchased at Philadelphia 11 July 1864; commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard 14 July, Acting Ensign James Brown in command; and renamed Moccasin (q.v.) 25 July.