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Cohasset I (Tug)


Towns in the states of  Massachusetts and Minnesota.


(Tug: tonnage 100 (gross register); length 82'0"; beam 18'10"; depth of hold 7'2"; speed 8.0 knots; complement 12; armament 1 20-pounder rifle)

The tug E. D. Fogg was built in 1860 at Providence, R. I.; later renamed Narragansett, she was purchased by the Navy on 13 September 1861; renamed Cohasset, she fitted out at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N. Y.; delivered at Hampton Roads, Va., on 26 October 1861; and assigned to duty with the Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Pilot Thomas Eveans in command.

From 26 October 1861 to July 1864 Cohasset operated in the Norfolk area and in the rivers of Virginia as a picket and dispatch boat, carrying mail and supplies, towed coal barges, acted as guard for trhe steam frigate Minnesota, and shared in the fighting in the York, James, and Nansemond Rivers.

Ordered to Beaufort, N.C., in July 1864, Cohasset carried out harbor defense duties and towing until 1 October 1864, when she returned to Norfolk for duty towing coal barges in the James River.

Cohasset arrived at the Boston Navy Yard on 1 June 1865. She served as yard tug there until 1882, when she was transferred to Newport, R.I., where she was sold on 9 May 1892.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

28 March 2024

Published: Thu Mar 28 14:40:08 EDT 2024