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Suwanee I SwGbt

Suwanee I

( SwGbt.: t. 1,030, 1. 255'0"; b. 35'0", dph. 12'0"; dr. 9'0; s. 15 k.; cpl. 159; a. 2 100-pdr. P.r., 4 9 D. sb., 2 24-pdr. how., 2 20-pdr. D.r.)

The first Suwanee—a double-ended, iron-hulled side-wheel gunboat built at Chester, Pa.—was launched on 13 March 1864, and was commissioned on 23 January 1865, Comdr. Paul Shirley in command.

Ordered to the Pacific, the new double-ender departed Philadelphia at dawn on 17 February 1865 and proceeded via New York down the Atlantic coast of the Americas looking for Confederate commerce raiders, especially for CSS Shenandoah, which had been plaguing Northern shipping. She then steamed up the Pacific coast and arrived at Acalpulco, Mexico, where she joined the Pacific Squadron on 30 July. The side-wheeler was promptly ordered to sea in quest of Shenanadoah.

After the Southern cruiser surrendered at Liverpool England, late in the year, Suwanee cruised along the Pacific coast from Mexico to Canada. On 9 July 1868 she was wrecked in Shadwell Passage, Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia.