USS Home

USS Home

Union Hospital Ship

Ordered: as Key West
Laid down:
Launched: 1862
Commissioned: 21 August 1863
Decommissioned: 24 August 1865
Fate: sold, date unknown

General Characteristics
Type: Hospital ship, Steamer
Area of Operation: South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Displacement: 725 long tons (737 t)
Length: 165 feet (50 m)
Beam: 29 feet 9 inches (9.07 m)
Draft: 11 feet (3.4 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine, screw-propelled
Speed: 6 knots (6.9 mph; 11 km/h)
Complement: 35 Officers and crew
2 × 24 pdr (11 kg) howitzers
1 × 12 pdr (5.4 kg) rifle


Home, a screw steamer, was built as Key West in 1862 at Brooklyn, New York. She was purchased by the Navy at New York 14 August 1863, commissioned 21 August 1863, Acting Master W. H. Garfield commanding, and name changed to Home.

Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Home sailed after commissioning for Charleston towing monitor Lehigh. Home was assigned by Rear Admiral Dahlgren as a rest ship, to which the exhausted crews of the steaming monitors could retire after the fierce •bombardments of early September. She remained off Charleston with periodic trips to Port Royal for repairs until July 1864, when she was assigned to act as a hospital ship inside the bar at Charleston. She continued her combination blockader-hospital ship service until mid-1865, when she took up lightship duties in the harbor. During this ‘period Home also sent members of her crew ashore on boat expeditions in the Charleston area, notably 5 March 1865 when an important reconnaissance of Charleston harbor obstructions was effected.

Home returned to New York in August 1865 and decommissioned 24 August 1865. Redocumented Key West, she returned to merchant service; she was stranded and lost off Cape Hatteras 12 October 1870.

List of Commanders/Crew
Acting Master W. H. Garfield

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