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Clover I (Tug)


Any of several species of plants, usually three-leaved, of the bean family.

(Tug: tonnage 129; length 92'; beam 19'; draft 9'; speed 7 knots.; armament one 12-pounder, one 12-pounder smooth bore.)


The first Clover, a steam tug, was purchased as Daisy 11 November 1863 from Winsor and Co., Philadelphia, Pa.; outfitted at Philadelphia Navy Yard; and commissioned there 28 November 1863, Acting Ensign J. M. Smiley in command.

Clover sailed 1 December 1863 to join the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Beaufort, S.C. She was employed on picket duty guarding the monitors, and on tug and dispatch service until the end of the war. On 26 January 1865 she captured the schooner Coquette and brought her into Port Royal, S.C. After the war, she joined in dragging for torpedoes off Charleston, S.C.

Arriving at Philadelphia Navy Yard 26 July 1865, Clover was decommissioned the following day and sold 21 September 1865.

Published: Wed Mar 08 13:49:49 EST 2023