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USS Florida (II)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Campaign Medal

Side-wheel steamer:
  • Built in 1850 as the side-wheel steamer SS Florida at New York City for the New York and Savannah Steam Navigation Co.
  • Purchased the US Navy August 1861, converted to a cruiser, and commissioned on 5 October 1861, LT. J. R. Goldsborough in command.
  • Initially assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron off the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
  • Returned to New York for decommissioned for repair in November 1862
  • Recommissioned, 7 March 1863, for service with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Decommissioned for repairs, 12 December 1864
  • Recommissioned, 26 February 1865
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1867
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to commercial service, renamed SS Delphine
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,261 t.
    Length 214'
    Beam 35' 3"
    Draft 22' 4"
    Speed 13 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 20-pdr
    eight 32-pdrs
    Propulsion Steam
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    Alabama 186k "Merchant Steamers Converted into Gun-boats."
    Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume. Depicts thirteen merchant steamships acquired by the U.S. Navy between April and August 1861 and subsequently converted into warships, plus the steamer Nashville (far left), which became a Confederate cruiser. US Navy ships as identified below the image bottom, are (from left to right:
    USS Alabama,
    USS Quaker City,
    USS Santiago de Cuba, (listed as "St. Jago de Cuba")
    USS Mount Vernon,
    USS Massachusetts,
    USS South Carolina,
    USS Florida,
    USS De Soto,
    USS Augusta,
    USS James Adger,
    USS Monticello,
    USS Bienville and
    USS R.R. Cuyler.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59366.
    Robert Hurst
    Valley City 139k Preparing Merchant Vessels for the Blockade", Harper's Weekly, September 7, 1861. Merchant steamers Augusta, James Adger, Florida and Valley City being fitted out for naval service at New York Navy Yard. Tommy Trampp
    Florida 69k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1948, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. This steamer served as USS Florida during 1861-1868. After returning to civilian ownership, she was renamed Delphine
    US Navy photo # NH 63849 courtesy Erik Heyl, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Wabash 170k "Portion of the Naval Expedition, as it appeared on the night of October 16, sailing to Hampton Roads. -- Sketched by an Officer on Board. 1861".
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume, pages 712. It depicts Flag Officer DuPont's squadron en route to capture Port Royal, South Carolina. Ships, all U.S. Navy, as identified below the image bottom, are (from left):
    USS Wabash,
    USS Florida,
    USS Augusta,,
    USS Alabama,,
    USS Ottawa,,
    USS Seneca,
    and USS Pembina.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59316
    Robert Hurst
    Florida 152k USS Florida 20 Stamp, Marshall Islands, 1997.
    Great Fighting Ships of the 50 States appear on a sheet of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the US Department of the Navy in 1798.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Florida
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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