Fortune Class Tug (1865)

From The Dreadnought Project
Jump to: navigation, search

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
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Fate
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."[1] 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.




As Completed

  • two 3-pounders

See Also


  1. "Naval Movements". The New York Times. Monday, 12 September, 1863. Vol. XIII. Issue 4,046, col. D, p. 8.
  2. 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
Fortune Leyden Mayflower Nina Palos
  Pinta Speedwell Standish Triana