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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
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.
Speed 10 kts
two 12-pdr howitzers
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||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
||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
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 16 September 2011
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