A projectile in which the combustion of fuel within produces gases that escape in the rear, driving the projectile forward by the principle of reaction.
(Tug: displacement 187; length 85’8” (between perpendiculars); beam 18’10”; draft 7’ (mean); depth of hold 8’ (mean); speed 8.5 knots)
The first Rocket, built at Mystic, Conn., in 1862 as the wooden harbor tug J. P. Billard, was purchased for the Navy 12 October 1863 from Copeland & Howe at New York and renamed the same day.
Rocket served as an ordnance tug carrying weapons and ammunition in New York Navy Yard during and after the Civil War. Reboilered in 1884, Rocket was subsequently transferred to Boston Navy Yard to perform yard tug duties. Thoroughly overhauled at Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard in 1889, Rocket's last service was as a fireboat and tug in Boston Navy Yard through the Spanish-American War. Stricken from the Navy list 27 October 1899, Rocket was sold 28 December 1899 to Carrie I. Hall at Newport, R.I.
19 October 2005