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USS Maratanza (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel steamer:
  • Built in 1861 at Boston Navy Yard as a double ender, wooden steamer
  • Launched, 26 November 1861
  • Commissioned USS Maratanza at Boston 12 April 1862, CDR. G. H. Scott in command
  • During the Civil War USS Maratanza participated in the Following campaigns/actions;
  • Peninsula Campaign on the York and James Rivers from April to September 1862
    Participated in the capture of Yorktown. 3 May 1862
    Engaged and captured CSS Teaser, 4 July 1862
  • Northern Blockading Squadron off Wilmington, N.C., 15 September 1862
    Assisted in capture of sloop Express, 4 May 1863
    Captured Sloop Ceres, 7 December 1863
    Participated in the bombardment of Fort Fisher 24 and 25 December 1864 and 13 to 15 January 1865
    Captured steamers SS Stag and SS Charlotte 20 January 1865
    Participated in the bombardment and capture of Fort Anderson, 19 February 1865
    Decommissioned, 21 June 1865, at Portsmouth, N.H., Navy Yard
  • Sold to A. B. & C. W. Lewis in 1868
  • Subsequently served as a Haitian gunboat under the names Salnave and Union
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 786 t.
    Length 209'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 100-pdr
    one 9" gun
    four 24-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Mahaska 81k "Rendezvous of Our Fleet in James River, off City Point, -- Drawn on the Spot, May 29, 1862" A line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", Volume of January-June 1862, page 390. depicting the U.S. Navy ships (listed as shown, from left to right) USS Maratanza (I), USS Wachusett (I), USS Aroostook (I), USS Monitor, USS Mahaska and USS Galena (I) operating on the James River in support of General McClellan's army.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59206
    Maratanza 60k USS Maratanza circa 1862-65. She has windsails rigged for ventilation below decks.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 46629.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Maratanza 86k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1862, page 486, depicting USS Maratanza in the foreground, firing on and capturing CSS Teaser in the James River, Virginia, 4 July 1862.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59216.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Maratanza 103k CDR. Milton Haxton command USS Maratanza while assigned to the North Atlantic Blocking Squadron in 1864.
    Photo from the collections of the US Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo

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