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USS Daylight

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Barkentine rigged Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1859 by Samuel Sneden, New York
  • Chartered to the US Navy, 10 May 1861
  • Purchased, 12 October 1861, at New York, N.Y. for the Navy by George D. Morgan from Barston, Pope & Co., for $55,000
  • Commissioned USS Daylight, 7 June 1861, CDR. S. Lockwood in command
  • During the Civil War USS Daylight
    Assisted in establishing the blockade along the Atlantic coast as far south as Wilmington, N.C.
    Captured four vessels carrying contraband, recapturing one which attempted to escape
    Participated in the bombardment of Fort Macon, N.C., 25 and 26 April 1862
    Participated in the attack of Fort Fisher, 4 November 1862
    Served with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron until 13 October 1864
    Served in the James River from 22 October 1864 to 6 May 1865 on picket and patrol duty
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1865 at New York
  • Sold for commercial service, 25 October 1865, rename SS Santee, converted to a barge in 1886 and remained in use until about 1907
    Displacement 682 t.
    Length 170'
    Beam 30' 6"
    Depth 11'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 5 kts.
    Complement 57
    1861 - four 32-pdrs, 57cwt
    1863 - six 32-pdr, 57cwt; one 30-pdr Parrott rifle; one 12-pdr rifle
    one screw

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    Merchant Service
    Daylight 89k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. of SS Daylight circa 1860.
    US Naval History an Heritage Command photo # NH 66962. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Daylight
    155k Depiction of USS Daylight at anchor by Alfred Rudolph Ward, circa 1863 John Spivey

    USS Daylight
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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