The USS Penguin was involved with the occupation of Port Royal, South Carolina on 7 November 1861 and the capture of Fernandina, Florida, and Brunswick, St. Simon and Jeckyl Islands, Georgia 2-22 March 1862.
It was then in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron 1863-1865.
Ships the Penguin captured: Louisa 11 August 1861, Albion 25 November 1861, steamer Matagorda 8 July 1864, steamer Granite City 21 January 1865.
After decommissioning, the Penguin became the merchant ship Florida before being converted into a schooner. It was abandoned in 1803.