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Ship Information (from DANFS)1,2:

Name: USS Fahkee Type: Screw Steamer Tonnage: 660 (or 699)
Length: 163’ Beam: 29’6” Draught: Forward: 12’, Aft: 14’6”
Speed: Max: 11.5 knots, Avg.: 7 knots Complement: 73 men Class: Not Listed.
Armament: May 23, 1864: 1 20-pdr. Dahlgren rifle, 1 10-pdr. rifle

January 10, 1865: 1 2-pdr. Parrott rifle, 4 24-pdr. howitzers

Namesake: Former name retained.

Images:

NH 66968: FAH-KEE (American Merchant and Naval Steamer, 1863-1873).3

 

Captain(s):
Acting Master Francis R. Webb
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Captain 2
Captain Image

Captain 3
Captain Image

 

First Offensive Order of Battle (June 13-18, 1864):

  • Not Present (away in NC and acting as a transport)5
  • Armament: 1 x 20-pdr. Dahlgren rifle, 1 x 10-pdr. rifle (May 23, 1864)6

Second Offensive Order of Battle (June 19-30, 1864):

  • Captain:
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:

Third Offensive Order of Battle (July 1-31, 1864):

  • Not Present (away in NC acting as a coal transport)7

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle (August 1-31, 1864):

  • Not Present (away in NC acting as a coal transport)8

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle (September 1-October 13, 1864):

  • Not Present (away in NC acting as a coal transport) (ordered to NYC to repair a lost propeller on October 1, 1864)9,10,11

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle (October 14-31, 1864):

  • Not Present (source needed)

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle (November 1-December 31, 1864):

Not Present (repairing at NYC) (November 1, 1864)12

Not Present (away in NC) (December 5 & 15, 1864)13,14

  • Captain: Acting Master Francis R. Webb (December 15, 1864)15
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 5 x “guns”16
  • Note: On December 15, 1864, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.17

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle (January 1-February 28, 1865):

Not Present (away in NC) (January 1 and February 1, 1865)18,19

Hampton Roads. Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (January 15 and February 15, 1865)20,21

Dispatch Vessel [Where?] | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (February 25, 1865)22

  • Captain: Acting Master Francis R. Webb (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)23,24,25,26
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament:
    • 5 x “guns” (January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865)27,28,29,30
    • 1 x 2-pdr. Parrott rifle, 4 x 24-pdr. howitzers (January 10, 1865)31
  • Note: On January 1 & 15 and February 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Class 4” vessel.32,33,34,35

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle (March 1-April 2, 1865):

White House, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (March 18, 1865)36

Hampton Roads, Va. | North Atlantic Blockading Squadron | Union Navy (April 1, 1865)37

Ordered to South Atlantic Squadron (on or before April 15, 1865)38

  • Captain: Acting Master Francis R. Webb (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)39,40,41
  • Crew Strength:
  • Armament: 5 x “guns” (March 18 and April 1 & 15, 1865)42,43,44
  • Note: On March 18 and aPril 1 & 15, 1865, this ship is noted as a “Screw Class” vessel.39,40,41

 

Siege of Petersburg Battles:

  • TBD

 

Siege of Petersburg Involvement:48

Fahkee was built in 1862 at Williamsburg, N.Y.; purchased by the Navy 15 July 1863; and commissioned 24 September 1863, Acting Master F. R. Webb in command.

A coal and freight supply ship, Fahkee served the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron from the time of her commissioning through the close of the war. She carried cargo from New York, Norfolk, and Newport News to the fleet on the North Carolina coast, and also gave towing services and patrolled on blockade at frequent intervals. Fahkee first came under fire 3 January 1864 in Lockwood’s Folly Inlet near Beaufort, S.C., when she passed through musket and shell fire from shore to investigate Bendigo, a blockade runner grounded and afire. Fahkee shelled the ship to further her destruction, which was completed the next day by other ships.

While blockading Wilmington, N.C., in the spring and summer of 1864, Fahkee was several times fired upon by Confederate shore batteries, and on 24 August, engaged a blockade runner. Returning to the same area after a voyage to New York and Hampton Roads, in December she twice fired on grounded blockade runners. In January 1865, she carried cargo from Norfolk to Beaufort and to the fleet operating against Fort Fisher.

In April 1865, at the close of the war, Fahkee was assigned to the South Atlantic Squadron, and from Port Royal, provisioned ships at Charleston and those cruising the coast of the Carolinas. She also cruised with the Squadron off Cuba before arriving at Philadelphia 19 June. There she was decommissioned 28 June 1865, and sold 10 August 1865.

 

Bibliography:

    Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

      Sources:

      1. “DANFS.” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html.
      2. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 81
      3. “NH 66968 FAH-KEE (American Merchant and Naval Steamer, 1863-1873).” Naval History and Heritage Command, www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-66000/NH-66968.html. Built at Greenpoint, New York. Whetmore, Cryder & Co. 1863, 1865-72: S.S. FAH-KEE. 1863-1865: USS FAH-KEE. 1872-1873: S.S. PICTOU. For more data, see: Erik Heyl, “Early American Steamers,” Vol. III. Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1956. Description: Courtesy of Erik Heyl. Catalog #: NH 66968
      4. Francis R. Webb image.  MOLLUS-Mass Civil War Photograph Collection, Vol. 15, Page 743.  United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA.
      5. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 157158
      6. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 81
      7. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 324325
      8. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 370371
      9. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 410412
      10. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 462463
      11. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume X, pp. 514515
      12. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 3940
      13. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 140142
      14. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      15. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      16. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      17. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 192194
      18. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      19. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      20. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      21. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      22. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 5455
      23. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      24. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      25. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      26. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      27. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      28. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      29. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      30. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      31. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 1, p. 81
      32. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 398400
      33. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 597599
      34. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XI, pp. 722724
      35. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 2021
      36. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      37. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      38. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      39. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      40. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      41. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      42. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
      43. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 9394
      44. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      45. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 7173
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      47. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Volume XII, pp. 116118
      48. “Fahkee.” Naval History and Heritage Command, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/f/fahkee.html.

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