Flora, 1862

Jan. 4, 2021

Flora (later-Nemaha), 1862

Builder: Benjamin Terry, Keyport, NJ

Cost:  Unknown

Machinery: Side wheel

Length: 162'

Beam: 24'

Draft: 8' 6"

Displacement: 281 tons

Keel Laid: Unknown

Launched: 1854

Obtained: 24 February 1862

Disposition: Burned on 7 February 1868

Complement: Unknown

Armament: 1 30-pdr. Parrot rifle, 1 24-pdr. howitzer

Cutter History:

Purchased from the Staten Island Ferry Company for $18,000, Flora was renamed Nemaha on 13 January 1864.  She operated in the Carolinas during the war, cooperating with both Army and Navy forces stationed at Beaufort, NC.  In late 1864 she was the meeting place for General William T. Sherman and the head of the Army's Department of the South, off Savannah, GA the day after Sherman's forces reached the sea.  She was under enemy fire "and returned the same" for several hours on 1 December 1864.  After the war she was stationed at Baltimore, MD cruising as far as Hampton Roads, VA. 

She burned off the Wicomico River in 1868 and lost two crewmen. 


Donald Canney. U.S. Coast Guard and Revenue Cutters, 1790-1935.  Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

U.S. Coast Guard.  Record of Movements: Vessels of the United States Coast Guard: 1790 - December 31, 1933.  Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1934; 1989 (reprint).