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USS Aroostook (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Unadilla Class Screw Gunboat:
  • Laid down, circa 6 July 1861, as a wooden-hulled, steam-propelled, screw gunboat, by Nathaniel Lord Thompson, at Kennebunk, ME.
  • Launched, circa 19 October 1861
  • Commissioned, 20 February 1862, at Boston Navy Yard, LT. John C. Beaumont in command
  • During the Civil War USS Aroostook served at Hampton Roads and as a unit of the James River Flotilla, the Potomac Flotilla and the Western Blockading Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 25 September 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 21 December 1866, CDR. Lester A. Beardslee in command
  • Assigned to the Asiatic Squadron in August 1867
  • Condemned by a board of inspection and survey, in September 1869
  • Decommissioned, 18 September 1869, at Hong Kong
  • Sold in October 1869
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 507 t.
    Length 158'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 10' 6"
    Depth 12'
    Speed 11kts
    Complement 94
    Armament
    one 11' Dahlgren smoothbore
    two 24-pdr smoothbores
    one 20-pdr Parrot rifle
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Port Royal 135k Contemporary pencil sketch, with colors of flags and smoke lightly worked in, depicting the Union ships; USS Galena, USS Monitor, USS Aroostook, USS Port Royal and USS Naugatuck (listed as shown, left to right) bombarding the Confederate Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, VA., 15 May 1862. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82580-KN (Color). Tommy Trampp
    Port Royal 156k Contemporary pencil sketch by F.H. Wilcke, depicting the Union ships; USS Galena, USS Monitor, USS Aroostook, USS Port Royal and USS Naugatuck (listed as shown, left to right) under the command of Commander John Rodgers bombarding the Confederate Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, VA., 15 May 1862. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1998. Tommy Trampp
    Mahaska 81k "Rendezvous of Our Fleet in James River, off City Point, -- Drawn on the Spot, May 29, 1862" A line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", Volume of January-June 1862, page 390. depicting the U.S. Navy ships (listed as shown, from left to right) USS Maratanza (I), USS Wachusett (I), USS Aroostook (I), USS Monitor, USS Mahaska and USS Galena (I) operating on the James River in support of General McClellan's army.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59206
    NHHC
    Aroostook (I) 85k USS Aroostook at anchor in Chinese waters, circa 1867-69. The original print is mounted on a carte de visite, marked "S. Sidney, Photo. China"
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 57274 from the collection of CAPT. Robert F. Bradford, 1941.
    Tommy Trampp

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