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USS Harriet Lane
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USRC Harriet Lane


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1857 as the Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane for the US Treasury Department, by William H. Webb at New York City
  • Launched in November 1857
  • Served as the Treasury Department revenue cutter USRC Harriet Lane
  • Temporary assigned to the US Navy in late 1858 during the Water Witch Affair for service in Paraguayan waters in support of US policy
  • Resumed duties with the Revenue Service circa 1859
  • Transferred to the Navy 30 March 1861
  • During the Civil War USS Harriet Lane participated in the following:
  • Northern Blockading Squadron
    Expedition to Charleston Harbor S.C. in April 1861 to supply Fort Sumter garrison
    Attack of Forts Clark and Hatteras in North Carolina in August 1861
  • Mississippi Mortar Flotilla
    Captured Confederate schooner Joanna Ward off Florida in February 1862
    Attack of Forts Jackson and St. Philip below New Orleans in April 1862
    Assisted in the capture of Galveston, TX. in October 1862
  • Captured by Confederate forces at Galveston, 1 January 1863
  • Assigned to the Confederate Army's Marine Department of Texas
  • Converted to a blockade runner, renamed SS Lavinia
  • Interned at Havana in 1864
  • Recovered from Cuba in 1867, converted to a bark rig, renamed Elliott Richie
  • Final Disposition, abandoned off Pernambuco, Brazil, 13 May 1884, presumed lost
    Specifications:
    Displacement 539 lt. 730 t. fl
    Length 175' 5"
    Beam 30' 5"
    Draft 13'
    Speed 13kts
    Complement 95
    Armament
    one 4" Parrott gun on forecastle
    one 9" Dahlgren gun before the first mast
    two 8" Dahlgren Columbiad guns
    two 24 pdr brass Howitzers
    Propulsion
    steam - double-right angled marine engine with two side paddles
    sail

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    USS Harriet Lane
    Harriet Lane 218k Pen and ink plan drawing of the US Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane
    US Coast Guard photo..
    Robert Hurst
    Harriet Lane 276k US Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane
    US Library of Congress photo # 3a48163u .
    Bill Gonyo
    Harriet Lane 92k Halftone reproduction of a wash drawing by Clary Ray, circa 1898 of USS Harriet Lane
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57614.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Sabine (I) 358k Ships of The Paraguay Squadron under way. Ships are from left to right:
    USS Water Witch next the flag-ship
    USS Sabine; next to
    USS Fulton; behind Fulton is
    USS Western Port (later USS Wyandotte); next is
    USS Harriet Lane; behind Harriet Lane is
    USS Supply; and next the bow of
    USS Memphis.
    Artist unknown. Image from Harper's Weekly, New York, 16 October 1858.
    Robert Hurst
    Harriet Lane 155k Print of USS Harriet Lane copied from a 19th Century publication.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53632.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Owaswco 400k Union mortar steamers bombard Fort Jackson at the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip. From left to right the ships are USS Clifton, USS USS Westfield, USS Owasco, and USS Harriet Lane.
    Signed by J. Davidson. Image from p. 74 of the 1887 book Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, by Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence Brough Buel, being for the most part contributions by Union and Confederate officers, based upon the Century War Series, volume 2. Courtesy of the British Library from its digital collections.
    Robert Hurst
    Harriet Lane 120k Engraving, published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 1861, depicting USS Harriet Lane engaging a Confederate battery at Pig's Point, on the Nansemond River opposite Newport News, VA., 5 June 1861.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73753.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Minnesota 146k "Departure of the Great Southern Expedition, under General Butler, from Fortress Monroe". Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861". depicting the departure of the fleet, 26 August 1861, en route to attack Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. Ships identified in the title line are (left to right):
    USS Harriet Lane;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Minnesota;
    USS Monticello and
    USS Pawnee and
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 58130
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Cumberland 93k "Bombardment of Forts Hatteras & Clark, by the U.S. Fleet" "Under the command of Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham, on the 28th and 29th of August 1861" A colored lithograph by J.P. Newell after a drawing by Francis Garland, Seaman in USF Cumberland, published by J.H. Buford, Boston, Massachusetts, 1862. Features identified below the image are (from left to right):
    USS Susquehanna;
    tug Fanny;
    Fort Hatteras;
    USS Harriet Lane;
    Fort Clark;
    USS Cumberland;
    steamer Adelaide;
    USS Minnesota;
    steamer George Peabody;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Pawnee; and
    USS Monticello.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 66576-KN (Color)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Harriet Lane 81k Halftone reproduction of a wash drawing by Clary Ray, circa 1898, of USS Harriet Lane
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57514.
    Tommy Trampp
    Harriet Lane 182k Engraving, published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 1861, depicting USS Harriet Lane being captured by Confederate forces January 1, 1863 at Galveston, TX. Tommy Trampp
    Harriet Lane 94k Confederate gunboat Bayou City captures USS Harriet Lane during the Battle of Galveston, Texas, 1 January 1863. Engraving published in Harper's "History of the Great Rebellion", page 421, depicting Confederates boarding Harriet Lane from C.S. gunboats Neptune and Bayou City.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 42911
    Robert Hurst
    Colorado 134k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, based on a sketch by an officer of USS Mississippi depicting Commodore Farragut's Squadron and Captain Porter's Mortar Fleet entering the Mississippi River at the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi, circa 7 April 1862. Features identified in the engraving's title lines include (from left to right): Light-house on Southwest Pass;
    USS Colorado (in left foreground);
    USS Pensacola on the bar;
    USS Westfield (seen nearly stern-on);
    Porter's mortar fleet, heading up the river;
    USS Mississippi on the bar;
    USS Harriet Lane (side-wheel steamer at the rear of the mortar fleet);
    USS Connecticut (in right foreground);
    USS Clifton;
    town of Banona.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59059
    Robert Hurst
    Harriet Lane 195k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863. USS Harriet Lane is shown in the left distance, under attack by the Confederate gunboats Neptune and Bayou City. The grounded USS Westfield is at right, being blown up to prevent capture. USS Owasco is in the center of the view.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59141
    Robert Hurst
    Harriet Lane 158k Model of USS Harriet Lane. Courtesy WoodenModelShips.com Tommy Trampp
    Harriet Lane 160k Captain John Faunce was the commanding officer of the revenue cutter USRC Harriet Lane at the onset of the Civil War. He was in command when she fired the “first naval shot” of the Civil War outside Charleston Harbor.
    US Library of Congress photo.
    Bill Gonyo

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