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Shamokin I (SwStr)

(SwStr: t. 1,030; l. 255'0"; b. 35'0"; dph. 12'0")

The largest Indian settlement in Pennsylvania during the first half of the 18th century located near the forks of the Susquehanna River.


The first Shamokin, a double-ended gunboat built during the Civil War at Chester, Pa., by Reaney, Son, and Archbold, was delivered to the Navy at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 31 July 1865; and was commissioned there on 17 October 1865, Comdr. Pierce Crosby in command.

Completed too late for service in the Civil War, Shamokin proceeded via New York to the coast of Brazil. After three years of service in the South Atlantic Squadron, protecting American citizens and interests along the coast of South America, Shamokin returned home and was decommissioned and laid up at the Washington Navy Yard on 24 December 1868. She was sold there on 21 October 1869 to a Mr. T. Clyde.

Published: Wed Sep 09 08:58:21 EDT 2015