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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1859 by Samuel Sneden, New York
Chartered to the US Navy, 10 May 1861
Purchased, 12 October 1861
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 1864, rename SS Santee, converted to a barge in 1886 and remained in use until about 1907
Displacement 882 t.
Beam 30' 6"
Speed 5 kts.
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SS Daylight circa 1860.
US Naval History an Heritage Command photo # NH 66962. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 11 November 2011
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