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Tempest

 

(SwStr.:  t. 161; a. 2 30-pdr. P.r., 2 24-pdr. how., 2 12-pdrs.)

 

Tempest—a wooden-hulled, sidewheel steamer built in 1862 at Louisville, Ky.—was acquired by the Navy at Cincinnati, Ohio, on 30 December 1864 from Joseph Brown; was converted there to a gunboat by Mr. Brown; and was commissioned on 26 April, Acting Volunteer Lt. Comdr. William G. Saltonstall in command.

 

Tempest operated with the naval forces in western waters throughout her brief naval career. She served as flagship for Acting Rear Admiral S. P. Lee, while he directed efforts on the Mississippi and its tributaries to prevent the escape of the former President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. She continued in this role while he oversaw the demobilization of the Mississippi Squadron. Rear Admiral Lee hauled down his flag from her on 14 August. The ship was decommissioned at Mound City, 111., on 30 November 1865, the day after she was sold at public auction there to Robert Cams. Tempest was redocumented on 11 December 1865 and remained in merchant service until 1870.

 

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Yuma (g.v.)—a Casco-class, shallow-draft, single-turretted monitor—was renamed Tempest on 15 June 1869, but reverted to Yuma on 10 August of the same year