From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
The well-known spring flower of the iris family.
ScStr: t. 122 l. 79' b. 18'6"
dph. 9'3" s. 8 k. a. 2 guns
The first Crocus , a screw steamer, was built in 1862 at New York as Solomon Thomas. She was purchased 31 July 1863 from C. W. Copeland and renamed Crocus . Her career was one of the shortest. Clearing New York 14 August 1863 under the command of Acting Ensign J. L. Winton, Crocus ran aground on Bodie's Island, N.C., 17 August and was totally wrecked. All her crew were saved.