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USS Estrella

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Laid down, steamship built by Samuda Brothers in London in 1853 for the Magdalena Steam Navigation Company's commercial services in present-day Colombia.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Sold to the United States in 1862, she served as an Army transport before service with the US Navy
  • Commissioned USS Estrella late 1862, LCDR. A. P. Cooke in command
  • During the Civil War Estrella participated in the following campaigns/actions
    West Gulf Blockading Squadron 1862 to 1867
  • Decommissioned, 16 July 1867, at New York Navy Yard
  • Sold, 9 October 1867 to Henry Winn, secretary of the Intertropical Company, New York
  • Final Disposition, sank at moorings Savanna-la-Mar 21 May 1873, after being thrice condemned (1868, 1869, 1870)
    Displacement 438 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Depth unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 30-pdr rifle
    two 32-pdrs
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Kinsman 183k "The Fight at Corney's Bridge, Bayou Teche, Louisiana, and Destruction of the Rebel Gun-boat 'Cotton,', January 14, 1863." A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, showing the Confederate gunboat CSS J. A. Cotton engaging Federal gunboats, as Confederate troops fire from the shore. U.S. Navy ships in this engagement were USS Kinsman, USS Estrella, USS Diana and USS Calhoun.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58767
    Bill Gonyo and Tommy Trampp
    Queen of the West 186k "Destruction of the 'Queen of the West' by Union Gun-Boats."
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting CSS Queen of the West being destroyed in Grand Lake, Louisiana, during an attack by USS Estrella (extreme left), USS Calhoun (extreme right) and USS Arizona (second from right), 14 April 1863.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 58759
    Robert Hurst
    Estrella 110k Painting depicting USS Estrella (at left) off the Pensacola Navy Yard, Florida, circa 1866-1867. USS Yucca is in the middle distance. The sailing frigate at right is not identified.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 380, courtesy of Francis D. Brinton, 30 August 1933.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Estrella
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