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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 light draft monitor Casco (q.v.) was renamed Hero 15 June 1869 while laid up at the Washington Navy Yard.