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(ScStr.: t. 60, l. 58', b. 13', dph. 5', s. 8 k., a. 8 Enfield
muskets, 1 "torpedo")

J. G. Loane—a small wooden steamer built at Philadelphia, PA., in 1844—was purchased by the Navy on 3 June 1864 at Philadelphia from William S. Mason. Renamed Tug No. 6 and commissioned on 8 June 1864, Acting Ensign Frederick W. Mintzer in command, this small craft was sometimes referred to as Picket Boat No. 6 in dispatches. Renamed Zeta in the following November, she served as a torpedo tug in the James River until April of 1865. Transferred in that month to the Potomac flotilla of Comdr. Foxhall A. Parker, Zeta guarded the Bush River (Md.) Bridge until sent to the Washington Navy Yard in May. Her services no longer required, Zeta was sold to C. Vanderwerken on 24 June 1865.
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