The USS Ida was a steamer first chartered and later purchased by the Navy on 6 March 1863 in New Orleans for use as a tugboat.

She was initially assigned as a tug on the Mississippi River below Port Hudson, but was moved to Mobile Bay, arriving on station on 1 February 1865.

While assisting in clearing Mobile Bay of mines on 13 April 1865, the Ida struck one and sank in the channel. The Navy later sold the wreck of the Ida for salvage on 11 September 1865.


  Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
Thomas BurnsFireman 1st Class13 April 1865
Sanford CurranActing 3rd Assistant Engineer16 April 1865
Benjamin LewisLandsman15 February 186523
James RoachFireman 2nd Class10 October 186425
Phillip WilliamsLandsman13 April 1865


killed in action
prisoner of war
died of disease or injury
died of yellow fever
ø died due to vessel loss
died in ordnance accident
buried on land in marked grave
buried/lost at sea
🎖 Medal of Honor recipient
transcribed letters of sailor/marine posted

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