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Kenwood I

(StwStr: t. 232; dr.5'6'e''; s. 7 k., a. 2 32-pdrs., 4 24-pdrs.
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The first Kenwood, a stern wheel steamer was launched 3 April 1863, by H. A. Jones at Cincinnati, Ohio, purchased for the Navy by Rear Admiral D. D. Porter and commissioned at Cairo, Ill., 24 May 1863, Acting Master John Swaney in command.

Kenwood joined the Mississippi squadron, 1 June 1863, and operated on the Arkansas River in the vicinity of Fort Pillow. Following brief river convoy duty, Kenwoodparticipated in the Joint Army-Navy expedition which captured Yazoo City, 13 July 1863. Kenwoodwas sent to the Port EIudson Division, 19 August 1863 and served as a convoy and patrol gunboat at Baton Rouge, La., until 10 February 1865, when she was ordered to the 4th River District at Natchez. After helping to neutralize Rebel forces west of the Mississippi, Kenwoodwas sent 28 May 1865 to New Orleans as a transport for offlcers. Following this duty, she steamed to Mound City, Ill., and decommissioned 7 August 1865.

Kenwood was sold at Mound City to W. J. Priest 17 August 1865. After merchant service, as Cumberland, she exploded and sank at Shawneetown, Ill., 14 August 1869 with the loss of 18 lives.