i have already written about the USS Saranac, the ship that sent to look for the CSS Shenandoah and may or may not have almost caught the raider in the Atlantic Ocean in the fall of 1865. The other ship detailed to look for her was the USS Suwanee.
The Suwanee was a third-rate gunboat commissioned late in the war which spent several weeks looking for the CSS Shenandoah. Like the Saranac, the ship was wrecked off British Columbia, but seven years before in 1868.
It was a double-ender, iron-hulled, sidewheeler built for the U.S. Navy by Reaney, Son & Archbold of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was 255 feet long and 35-foot beam with a crew of 159. It mounted ten guns: two 100-pdr. Parrott rifles, four 9-inch Dahlgren smoothbores, two 24-pdr. howitzers and rwo 20-pdr Dahlgren rifles.