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USS Wando (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as the iron sidewheel steamer blockade runner SS Let Her Rip, at Glasgow, Scotland
  • Purchased by Chicora Import & Export Co. of Charleston, S.C. in May 1864 and renamed SS Wando while at Wilmington, N.C.
  • Captured at sea off Cape Rosmain, N..C., by USS Fort Jackson, 21 October 1864
  • Purchased from the prize court at Boston by the Union Navy, 6 November 1864
  • Commissioned, 22 December 1864, at the Boston Navy Yard, Acting Master Frederick T. King in command
  • During the Civil War USS Wando was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron for duty off Charleston and Georgetown, S.C., February to April 1865
  • Participated in the amphibious operations against the Confederate fort and batteries at Andersonville, Bull's Bay, S.C., 13 to 17 February 1865
  • Decommissioned, 10 August 1865, at New York Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold at public auction, 30 November 1865, to H. Allen
  • Final Disposition, sunk during a storm in February 1872
    Specifications:
    Displacement 645 t.
    Length 230'
    Beam 26'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 7'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 20-pdr Parrot rifle
    one 12-pdr
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam

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    State of Georgia 149k "Landing of General Potter's and Admiral Dahlgren's Troops at Bull's Bay, South Carolina". Line engraving, based on a sketch by John Everding, published in "Harper's Weekly", March 1865, depicting the landings made on 16-17 February 1865. Ships shown include (as identified below the print, from left to right:
    USS State of Georgia,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Juniata,
    USS Harvest Moon--flagship,
    USS Wando,
    USS Winona,
    USS Shenandoah, and
    USS Canandaigua.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59175
    Robert Hurst
    Wando 60k Watercolor by Erik Heyl of SS Wando, painted for use in his "Early American Steamers" series.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 42049. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Wando (I)
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