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USS Tuscarora

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Sloop:
  • Laid down, 27 June 1861, by Merrick and Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 24 August 1861
  • Commissioned, USS Tuscarora 5 December 1861, CDR. Tunis A.M. Craven in command
  • Decommissioned, 4 June 1864, at Boston, MA.
  • Recommissioned at Boston, 3 October 1864
  • Decommissioned, 30 May 1865, at Boston, MA.
  • During the Civil War USS Tuscarora cruised independently in European and US Atlantic coastal waters protecting American shipping and searching for Confederate raiders and saw service with both North Atlantic and South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons
  • Recommissioned later in 1865 and sailing to join the South Pacific Squadron, 2 November 1865
  • Reassigned to the Atlantic 12 May 1869
  • Decommissioned, 10 February 1872, at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Recommissioned, 16 May 1872, assigned to the South Pacific Station
  • Reassigned to the North Pacific Station, 11 October 1874
  • Decommissioned, 14 September 1876, at Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1883
  • Sold at Mare Island to W. E. Mighell, 20 November 1883
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,457 t.
    Length 198' 6"
    Beam 33' 2"
    Draft 14' 10"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement unknown
    two 11" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 32-pdrs hundred-weight
    four 32-pdrs 57 hundred-weight
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    CSS Sumter 112k USS Kearsarge, USS Tuscarora and CSS Sumter at Gibraltar.
    Artwork published in "Service Afloat: or, the Remarkable Career of the Confederate Cruisers Sumter and Alabama" ..., by Admiral Raphael Semmes, CSN, 1887. It depicts the Tuscarora and Kearsarge keeping watch on the Confederate cruiser Sumter, on 12 April 1862.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59410
    Robert Hurst
    Pensacola 474k USS Tuscarora in Southhampton water.
    "The Illustrated London News" 25 January 1862.
    Tommy Trampp
    Pensacola 110k From the action report submitted by Commander James Madison Frailey to Admirl David Porter it was noted Acting Masters Mate Arthur F. Aldrich (from the USS Tuscarora) was seriously wounded in the hip during the attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina on 16 January 1865. The following day on 17 January Aldrich was transferred to the USS Santiago de Cuba for transportation the Naval Hospital in Norfolk. On 28 June 1865 he was promoted to Acting Ensign. Bill Gonyo
    Pensacola 76k USS Tuscarora after the Civil War tied up to mooring buoy with ensigns at her masthead to celebrate a holiday.
    US Navy photo # NR&L(O) 2806 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Pensacola 838k USS Tuscarora at anchor off Navy Yard Mare Island, circa 1872-76. Darryl Baker
    Vanderbilt 1319k USS Tuscarora at anchor off Navy Yard Mare Island, circa 1866-83. USS Camanche is at anchor aft of Tuscarora. The small ship in the foreground is the Mare Island build Coast Survey Vessel Mc Arthur. Darryl Baker

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