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USS Key West (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sternwheel Steamer - Tinclad #32:
  • Built in 1862 at California, PA., as the wooden sternwheel steamer SS Key West No. 5
  • Purchased by the Union Navy from W. S. Evans et al. at Cairo, Ill., 16 April 1863
  • Commissioned 26 May 1863, Acting Master E. M. King in command
  • During the Civil War USS Key West was assigned to patrol the Tennessee River
  • Engaged Confederate batteries at Eastport, MS., 10 October 1864, while transports debarked Union troops, Key West was damaged with two hits by the Confederate batteries
  • Assisted USS Tawah in recapturing Army transport Venus, 2 November 1864, near Johnsonville, TN.
  • Engaged Confederate batteries, 4 November 1964, near Johnsonville, hit 19 times, set afire and scuttled
    Specifications:
    Displacement 207 t.
    Length 156'
    Beam 33'
    Depth 4' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    four 6" guns
    six 24-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Austin 51k Print of USS Key West (Tinclad #32) underway on a western river during the Civil War. Image used with the permission of the artist David Harrison Wright Bill Gonyo
    Austin 40k Mississippi Squadron Gunboats including USS Key West off the Naval Station at Mound City, IL., circa 1863. Ships present include USS Key Westat left, with her number ("32") painted on her pilothouse; at least ten other "Tinclad" gunboats; one "City" class ironclad (just astern of Key West; and one "Timberclad" gunboat (seen beyond the ironclad's stern). US Navy History and Heritage Command

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