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USS Frolic (II)
USS Advance (II) (1864-1865)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Schooner-rigged Side-wheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1862 by Caird & Co., Greenock, Scotland
  • Launched, 3 July 1862
  • Placed in service as the Clyde packet SS Lord Clyde
  • Purchased by the State of North Carolina and the firm of Lord and Power & Co. to serve as a blockade runner during the Civil War
  • Renamed Advance
  • Captured, 10 September 1864
  • Purchased by the US Navy in September 1864
  • Commissioned USS Advance, 28 October 1864, LCDR. John H. Upshur in command
  • During the Civil War USS Advance participated in the following expeditions/actions:
    North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
    Expeditions against Fort Fisher, December 1864 and January 1865
  • Decommissioned, in March 1865 at New York Navy Yard
  • Renamed Frolic, 22 April 1865
  • Recommissioned USS Frolic, 12 June 1865, LCDR. John H. Upshur in command
  • Assigned to the European Squadron in June 1865
  • Decommissioned, 8 May 1869, at New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 24 September 1869
  • Decommissioned, 11 November 1870 at Washington Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 18 January 1872, LCDR. G. C. Remey in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1874, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 18 August 1875
  • Assigned to the South Atlantic Station in August 1875
  • Decommissioned, 31 October 1877, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Sold, 1 October 1883, to J. P. Agnew of Alexandria, VA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 800 t.
    Length 230'
    Beam 26'
    Draft 12' aft
    Depth 15'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    one 20-pdr
    four 24-pdrs
    Propulsion sail and steam

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    Confederate Blockade Runner Advance
    Advance 119k Sepia wash drawing by R. G. Skerrett, 1899 of the Confederate Blockade Runner Advance. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Advance 83k Confederate Blockade Runner Advance at Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, in 1863. She is flying the Confederate First National Flag aft. Note her feathering paddle wheel.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53958
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USS Frolic (II)
    Frolic 52k Watercolor of USS Frolic by Erik Heyl, for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 66972
    Robert Hurst
    Frolic 62k USS Frolic while serving with the European Squadron leaving Naples, Italy in 1867. Darryl Baker
    Frolic 131k USS Frolic at Naples, Italy, circa 1865-1869.
    US Navy photo # NH 53957.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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