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USS Cherokee (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1859 at Refrew, Scotland, named SS Thistle
Successfully ran the blockade into Charleston in January 1863
Ran aground while attempting to leave port in February 1863
Salvaged, sold to a new owner, renamed SS Cherokee
Captured off Charleston, S.C., by USS Canandaigua, 8 May 1863, as she attempted to run the blockade
Condemned at Boston, turned over to the Prize Commissioners, 7 July 1863
Purchased by the Federal government, date unknown
Outfitted at Boston Navy Yard and commissioned USS Cherokee, 21 April 1864, Acting Volunteer LT. J. F. Nickels in command
During the Civil War USS Cherokee was assigned to blockading duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the East Gulf Blockading Squadrons
North Atlantic Blockading Squadron May 1864 to February 1865
Capture of blockade runner Emma Henry, 8 October 1864
Participation in the bombardment of Fort Fisher, N. C., December 1864 and January 1865
East Gulf Blockading Squadron February 1865 to close of the war
Patrolled against blockade runners between Key West and Havana
Decommissioned at Boston, 23 June 1865
Sold, at Boston, 1 August 1865, returned to mercantile service
Sold to the Chilean government in 1868, commissioned into the Chilean navy as Ancud
Decommissioned by the Chilean navy and sold for mercantile service in 1878
Final Disposition, wrecked at Chiloe, Chile, 25 August 1889
Displacement 606 t.
Length 194' 6"
Beam 25' 2"
Draft 11' 6"
Speed 13 kts
two 20-pdr rifles
four 24-pdr smoothbores
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||Civil War vintage painting of USS Cherokee. Courtesy of the Hyde Windlass Company, Bath, Maine, April 1936.
US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55211.
USS Cherokee (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 1 July 2011
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