USS Yantic Full Dressed for Washington's Birthday

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The back of the photo describes it as "USS Yantic dressed rainbow Washingtons Birthday Feb 22/89." Yantic was constructed in Philadelphia and commissioned on August 12, 1864 at the height of the Civil War. She was originally configured as a three-masted bark, but was described as having "the lines of a yacht with well deck and plenty of shear." The ship was named after the Yantic River. The day after her commissioning, 13 August, 1864, Yantic — in company with the tugs Aster and Moccasin — sailed in pursuit of the Confederate privateer CSS Tallahassee. The gunboat went to the northward and eastward of Nantucket during her cruise but, as her commanding officer reported, "obtained no information to justify a longer search for the piratical vessel." Consequently, after a week at sea, Yantic returned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard and commenced her post-trial repairs. After the Civil War, she was part of the unsuccessful attempt to locate and rescue the Greely arctic exploration team in 1883. She subsequently in the eastern Atlantic until 1898 when she was loaned to the Michigan Naval Militia. She sank alongside the dock in Detroit on 22 October 1929.

© Richard Tripp 2012