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USS New Ironsides


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Civil War Medal

Ironclad Steamer:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Merrick & Sons Ship Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 10 May 1862
  • Commissioned USS New Ironsides, 21 August 1862, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, CAPT. Thomas Turner, in command
  • Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, off Charleston, 17 January, 1863
  • Decommissioned in May 1864 at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 27 August 1864, COMO. William Radford in command
  • USS New Ironsides joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Norfolk
  • Decommissioned , 6 April 1865 at League Island, Philadelphia
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by fire, 16 December 1865
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,486 t.
    Length 230'
    Beam 57' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Depth 23' 10"
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement 449
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    New Ironsides 88k Line engraving of the launching of the Ironclad Frigate USS New Ironsides, 10 May 1862, at Merrick & Sons, Ship Yard, Philadelphia, PA. Published Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, May 1862. Tommy Trampp
    New Ironsides 170k Line engraving of USS New Ironsides published in Harper's Weekly, 1862, depicting the ship fitting out at Philadelphia, PA., in mid-1862.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58741
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    New Ironsides 392k An 1898 print of a Civil War artists etching of USS New Ironsides at Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA., "in fighting trim".
    From, "Official and Illustrated War Record", by General Marcus J. Wright, Commissioner of War DEpartment, 1898.
    Tommy Trampp
    New Ironsides 56k Photograph, somewhat re-touched, taken during the Civil War era, while USS New Ironsides was carrying full sail rig. Courtesy of the US Marine Corps Historical Center, Personal Papers Section: Collection of Henry Clay Cochrane.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96018
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    New Ironsides 76k Photograph by P.F. Cooper, Philadelphia, PA., showing USS New Ironsides with a full set of masts and yards. The original photographic print is mounted on a carte de visite. Courtesy of the US Marine Corps Historical Center, Personal Papers Section: Collection of Henry Clay Cochrane, 1983.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 94784.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    New Ironsides 94k Sepia wash drawing by Clary Ray, circa 1900, depicting USS New Ironsides with her full sailing rig. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57832.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    New Ironsides 548k Engraving of USS New Ironsides with her full sailing rig and monitor USS Monadnock.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61431.
    Tommy Trampp
    New Ironsides 321k USS New Ironsides at anchor, sometime between 1862 and 1865, location unknown. Image by Frederick Gutekunst, (1831-1917), Philadelphia, PA. Robert Hurst
    New Ironsides 107k Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, circa 1900, showing USS Ironsides as ready for action, with masts and yards struck down.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60273.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    New Ironsides 121k Cyanotype reproduction of a 19th Century artwork, depicting USS Ironsides off the Philadelphia Navy Yard during the Civil War era.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60274.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    New Ironsides 187k Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 182, depicting USS New Ironsides as she appeared during most of her operational career, without sailing rig.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58743.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Galena 60k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting several contemporary U.S. Navy ironclad and conventional warships. They are (from left to right: USS Puritan (in the original twin-turret design); USS Catskill; USS Montauk, USS Keokuk (citing her original name, "Moodna"); USS Passaic; USS Galena (behind Roanoke, with name not cited); USS Roanoke; .USS Winona; USS New Ironsides; USS Naugatuck; USS Brooklyn and USS Monitor.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 59541. Courtesy of Dr. Oscar Parkes, 1936.
    Robert Hurst
    Keokuk 181k 1863 black and white in-text wood engraving of Union Navy Ironclad Steamers USS Ironsides and USS Keokuk in company with monitors; USS Weehawken, USS Passaic, USS Patapsco, USS Catskill, USS Nantucket and USS Nahant, bombarding Confederate held Fort Sumter, South Carolina at the First Battle of Charleston Harbor, 7 April 1863 Tommy Trampp
    New Ironsides 147k "Charleston Harbor, Looking towards the City."
    Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, January-June 1863, pages 264-65, depicting the Federal fleet off the harbor mouth at the time of the ironclads' attack on Fort Sumter, 7 April 1863. U.S. Navy ships specifically identified include USS New Ironsides (second from left in the ironclad formation) and USS Keokuk (ironclad furthest to the right).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59298
    Robert Hurst
    New Ironsides 585k USS New Ironsides and two Ericsson batteries going into action at Charleston.
    "The Illustrated London News", 9 May 1863
    Tommy Trampp
    New Ironsides 116k Currier & Ives lithograph hand colored Civil War Battle Scene depicting USS New Ironsides in the thick of battle in Charleston Harbor, 7 April 1863, surrounded by Union monitors. Tommy Trampp
    Keokuk 109k "A Panoramic View of Charleston Harbor. -- Advance of Ironclads to the Attack, April 7th, 1863".
    Line engraving published in "The Soldier in our Civil War", Volume II, page 172, with a key to individual ships and land features shown. U.S. Navy ships present are (from left to center):
    USS Keokuk,
    USS Nahant,
    USS Nantucket,
    USS Catskill,
    USS New Ironsides,
    USS Patapsco,
    USS Montauk,
    USS Passaic and
    USS Weehawken
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59269
    Robert Hurst
    New Ironsides 130k An 1878 magazine engraving of a Confederate torpedo boat attempting to blow up USS New Ironsides in the harbor at Charleston, S.C., 5 October 1863. Tommy Trampp
    Maumee 94k "Bombardment of Fort Fisher" "Jan. 15th 1865"
    Lithograph after a drawing by T.F. Laycock, published by Endicott & Co., New York, 1865, depicting the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron bombarding Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in preparation for its capture. The print is dedicated to Commodore S.W. Godon, USN. Ships present, as named on the original print, are (from left to right in the main battle line):
    USS Tacony;
    USS Maumee;
    USS Ticonderoga;
    USS Shenandoah;
    USS Tuscarora;
    USS Juniata;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Susquehanna;
    USS Colorado;
    USS Minnesotaa;
    USS Brooklyn;
    USS New Ironsides and
    USS Mohican.
    Ships in the foreground are (left to right, from the center of the view):
    USS Powhatan;
    USS Mackinaw;
    USS Vanderbilt and
    USS Malvern (Flagship of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter).
    Monitors in the right middle distance are:
    USS Monadnock (with two turrets);
    USS Mahopac;
    USS Saugus and
    USS Canonicus.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # LC-USZ62-144 from the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo
    Malvern 83k Capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 15 January 1865.
    Watercolor by eyewitness Ensign John W. Grattan, of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter's staff, depicting Porter's fleet bombarding the fort prior to the ground assault. Side-wheel steamer in the right foreground is Porter's flagship, USS Malvern. USS New Ironsides and USS Monadnock are in the right distance.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 50468-KN (Color). Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Grattan Collection.
    Robert Hurst
    Malvern 79k Capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina, 15 January 1865.
    Watercolor by eyewitness Ensign John W. Grattan, of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter's staff, depicting the storming of the fort, as the bombarding fleet stands offshore. Side-wheel steamer in the center, flying signal flags, is Porter's flagship, USS Malvern. USS Ironsides is at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 50467-KN (Color). Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Grattan Collection.
    Robert Hurst

    USS New Ironsides
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Turner, Thomas COMO21 August 1862 - 14 July 1863
    02CAPT. Rowan, Stephen C. 20 July 1863 - 24 June 1864
    03COMO. Radford, William25 August 1864 - 2 January 1865
    04LCDR. Phythian, Robert L.2 January 1865 - 6 April 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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