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A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific WatersLife Aboard the USS Saginaw$
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Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035161

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035161.001.0001

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Seasoning on the China Station

Seasoning on the China Station

(p.37) 2 Seasoning on the China Station
A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters

Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

University Press of Florida

The USS Saginaw's future role included the protection of trade with China, Japan, and India, and the enlargement of commercial intercourse, no small task for the gunboat. The Saginaw had been constructed for service in East India Squadron and it was intended would in some measure supply the latter's pressing needs. While answering other purposes of the squadron, she could, it was hoped, be particularly useful in suppressing piracies, as her light draught would enable her to reach the retreats of those who commit them.

Keywords:   USS Saginaw, trade interests, East India Squadron, piracy, light draught, gunboat

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