USS Sibyl (1863)
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Launched:||1863, in Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Acquired:||27 April 1864, at Cincinnati|
|Commissioned:||16 June 1864, at Mound City, Illinois|
|Decommissioned:||31 July 1865 at Mount City|
|Fate:||sold, 17 August 1865|
|Armament:||two 24-pounder guns
two 30-pounder Parrott rifles
Sibyl was used by the Union Navy primarily as a dispatch boat in the blockade of ports and waterways of the Confederate States of America. She carried messages (dispatches) between ships and shore; but, with her heavy guns, she was also prepared to act as a gunboat if the need presented itself.
Built at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1863
Sibyl -- a wooden-hulled, side wheel steamer built at Cincinnati, Ohio, as Hartford in 1863—was purchased by the Navy at Cincinnati on 27 April 1864; renamed Sibyl on 26 May 1864; and commissioned at Mound City, Illinois, on 16 June 1864, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Henry H. Gorringe in command.
Civil War service
Her first cruise began early in July and took her downriver as far as Natchez, Mississippi, delivering messages to Navy ships en route. She continued this type of service through the end of the Civil War, gathering intelligence of Confederate activity as she steamed up and down the river.
Post-war deactivation and subsequent career
She was decommissioned at Mound City on 31 July 1865, was sold at public auction there on 17 August 1865 to R. J. Trunstoll, and was redocumented as Comet on 28 September 1865. After more than a decade of mercantile service, the ship was abandoned in 1876.