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Verbena

 

A large genus of herbs or subshrubs mostly native to the Americas.

 

(ScGbt.: t. 104; 1. 74'; b. 17'6"; dr. 8'; s. 12 mph; a. 1 20-pdr. P.r., 1 12-pdr. sb.)

 

Verbena—originally the wooden steamer Ino built at Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1864—was purchased by the Navy at New York City on 7 June 1864 and commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on 11 July 1864.

 

On 19 July, the vessel was attached to the Potomac Flotilla for duty as a tug. Two days later, she deployed in the Potomac River off Point Lookout, Md.; and she served for most of the duration of the Civil War as a tender to the ironclad Roanoke. After the collapse of the Confederacy, Verbena received orders on 5 May 1865 to proceed to the Washington Navy Yard, where she was decomissioned on 13 June.

 

Verbena was sold at public auction there to W. E. Gladwick on 20 July; redocumented as Game Cock on 9 September; renamed Edward G. Burgess on 7 July 1885; and dropped from the registry in 1900.