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Massasoit I
(SwGbt: dp. 974, 1. 205', b. 35'; dr. 8'8"; s. 8.5 k., a. 2 10~pdr., 4 91' S. B.' 2 24-pdr., 2 12-pdr.; cl.Sassacus )

The first Massasoit was launched 8 March 1863 by Curtis & Tilden, Boston, Mass., commissioned 8 March 1864, Lt. Comdr. Edward Barrett in command; but did not leave the Navy Yard before decommissioning 31 July 1864.

Recommissioned 25 August 1864 in the tense days before Gen. William Sherman's "march to the sea," she first patrolled the New England coast for Confederate raiders. In October Massasoit joined Rear Adm. David D. Porter's North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. After several escort voyages from New York to Hampton Roads she served on picket duty on the James River, in Virginia. She took part in the 24 January 1865 duel with Confederate batteries at Howletk's House, and the following months stood by to prevent any southern rams from reaching the coast.

Ordered 6 April to carry dispatches to General Sherman in North Carolina, she remained on duty in the Sounds of North Carolina in the last days of the Civil War. Entering New York Harbor 18 June Massasoit decommissioned 27 June 1865 and was sold 15 October 1867.