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USS Cherokee (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • 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
    Complement 92
    two 20-pdr rifles
    four 24-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion steam

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    Cherokee 125k 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.
    Tommy Trampp

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