USS De Soto (1859)

USS De Soto (1859)

USS De Soto was a fast wooden-hulled sidewheel steamship that saw service as a U.S. Navy gunboat during the American Civil War.

De Soto was originally a privately owned vessel, built for passenger service between New York and New Orleans. With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, she was purchased by the Navy, commissioned as USS De Soto, and sent to assist with the blockade of Confederate ports. De Soto's speed made her an effective pursuit ship, and she would capture or bring about the destruction of a total of eighteen blockade runners during the war.

In the postwar period, De Soto continued to serve with the Navy, mostly in South American waters, until resold to her original owners in 1868 for resumption of service as a passenger ship. She caught fire and was burned to the waterline in December 1870.

Read more about USS De Soto (1859):  Construction and Design, Commercial Service, 1859–61, Return To Commercial Service, 1868–70

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USS De Soto (1859) - Return To Commercial Service, 1868–70
... On 30 September 1868, DeSoto was resold to her original owners, now known as Livingston, Fox Co ... On 25 December 1870, DeSoto cleared New Orleans for New York but collided with a towboat and was forced to return to dock for repairs ...