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USS Dunbarton

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built at Glasgow, Scotland in 1863 as the iron sidewheel steamer SS Thistle
  • Operated as a blockade runner during the Civil War, making one successful round-trip voyage between Bermuda and Wilmington, N.C., March-May 1864
  • Captured by USS Fort Jackson at Wilmington, 4 June 1864
  • Purchased by the Union Navy from the Boston prize court, 20 July 1864
  • Commissioned, USS Dunbarton, 13 August 1864, Acting Volunteer LT. H. Brown in command
  • During the Civil War USS Dunbarton
  • Searched for the Confederate raider CSS Tallahassee along the Atlantic coast
  • Joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, at Beaufort, N.C., until 6 December 1864
  • Served as flagship of the James River Squadron, 17 February to 27 March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 27 March 1865, at Washington Navy Yard.
  • Placed in ordinary at New York Navy Yard in November 1865
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold, 15 October 1867
  • Placed in commercial service briefly as SS Dunbarton
  • Changed registry to British, given a new rig and engines in the months after she left Navy ownership
  • During 1868-1870 she operated under the name City of Quebec
  • Final Disposition, sunk in a collision while in Canadian waters, on either 1 May 1870 or 28 April 1870
    Displacement 636 t.
    Length 204'
    Beam 29'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 10"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 12-pdr howitzers
    two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Dunbarton 45k Artwork by Erik Heyl, 1957, for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. of the blockade runner SS Thistle.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 67029
    Tommy Trammp
    Dunbarton 46k Artwork by Erik Heyl, 1957, for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. depicts ex-USS Dunbarton as SS City of Quebec as she appeared in merchant service after 1868.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 66414
    Tommy Trammp

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