DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
Willet Rowe—a wooden-hulled, side-wheel steamer built at Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1863—was taken over by the Navy for service as a gunboat and purchased on 16 October 1863. Soon thereafter, she was renamed Iris (q.v.).