USS Arkansas Steamer

USS Arkansas (1863):



Keel Laid:

Early 1863


752 tons


191 ft.


30 ft.


15 knots


88 Officers and Men


USS Arkansas was a screw steamer built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1863 during the United States’ Civil War. Purchased by the Union Navy on June 27; Arkansas was commissioned on June 29. Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Arkansas reported for duty on October 10. Arkansas resupplied the Squadron to keep up the blockade, which took her as far south as Brownsville, Texas. After the fall of the Confederacy, Arkansas was taken to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she was decommissioned on June 30, 1865. Sold to Mr. George S. Leach, Arkansas was redocumented as Tonawanda on August 1 and served as a coastal merchantman. Tonawanda was stranded on the Elbow, a reef near Key Largo, Florida, and was lost on March 28, 1866.