Fortune Class Tug (1865)
Nine Fortune class tugs, also known as the Pinta class, were completed for the U.S. Navy. The Fortunes would form the core the U.S. Navy's tug fleet until the turn of the century.
|Overview of nine vessels|
|Citations for this data available on individual ship pages|
|Fortune||James Tetlow||—||23 Mar, 1865||19 May, 1871||Sold 22 May, 1922|
|Leyden||James Tetlow||—||1865||1865||Wrecked 21 Jan, 1903|
|Mayflower||James Tetlow||—||1865||Feb 1866||Sold 27 Dec, 1893|
|Nina||Reaney, Son & Archbold||—||27 May, 1865||30 Sep, 1865||Lost 6 Feb, 1910|
|Palos||James Tetlow||—||1864||11 Jun, 1870||Sold 25 Jan, 1893|
|Pinta||Reaney, Son & Archbold||—||29 Oct, 1864||Oct 1865||Stricken 2 Jan, 1908|
|Speedwell||James Tetlow||—||1865||13 Nov, 1865||Sold 1 Aug, 1894|
|Standish||James Tetlow||—||26 Oct, 1864||1865||Sold 5 Aug, 1921|
|Triana||William Perine||—||29 Apr, 1865||25 Oct, 1865||Grounded 15 Mar, 1891|
Design & Construction
According to the New York Times of 12 September, 1864, the Fortune class were a response to the realities of blockade work off the Southern states, "Strong and efficient tugs have long been needed by the blockading fleets, and it was found that the old wooden tugs that ply along our rivers were poor substitutes for the service." Seven large and two smaller tugs were ordered on 20 December, 1863, and two more large tugs on 1 October, 1864. The two smaller vessels were the sisters Pilgrim and Maria. None were complete until 1865, by which time the need for tugs to assist the Union blockade had vanished.
Except for Fortune herself, the ships of this class were given names from Colonial American history. Nina, Pinta, Palos, and Triana were named for two of Christopher Columbus's ships, the port of Palos de la Frontera where Columbus sailed from in 1492, and Rodrigo de Triana, the first man of Columbus's fleet to spot land. Leyden, Mayflower, Speedwell, and Standish were named for the Dutch port where the Pilgrims set sail for what became Plymouth, Massachusetts, their ships Mayflower and Speedwell, and the Pilgrims' military advisor Miles Standish.
- two 3-pounders
- "Naval Movements". The New York Times. Monday, 12 September, 1863. Vol. XIII. Issue 4,046, col. D, p. 8.
- Silverstone. Civil War. p. 81.
- Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: Civil War Navies, 1855-1883. New York: Routledge.
- Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.
|Fortune Class Steam Tug|