Historical Notes on the ship.
1855 Named Arctic by the U.S. Navy to serve in the polar expedition of Dr. Elisha Ken Kane. Returned and machinery taken off and sold to U.S. Lighthouse service.
1860 Arrived at Smithville, N.C. (now Southport) for use as a relief vessel.
1860 Seized by Confederates and sunk in the Cape Fear River. (The date here should be 1861 for seizure. Most likely it was sunk in the Cape Fear River in January 1865 after the fall of Fort Fisher.)
1866 Raised and repaired
1867 May 4 assigned to Hen and Chickens Shoal, Massachusetts
1875 Dragged off station by ice.
1876 April Broke adrift in a heavy gale.
1877 Assigned as relief at Woods Hole, Mass.