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USS Sibyl

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer - Tinclad #59:
  • Built in 1863 as the wooden-hulled sidewheel steamer Hartford at Cincinnati, OH.
  • Purchased by the Navy, 27 April 1864, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Renamed Sibyl, 26 May 1864
  • Commissioned USS Sibyl, at Mound City, IL., 16 June 1864, Acting Volunteer LT. Henry H. Gorringe in command
  • During the Civil War USS Sibyl served as a dispatch boat for Rear Admiral David D. Porter of the Mississippi Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1865, at Mound City, IL.
  • Sold at public auction, 17 August 1865, at Mound City to R. J. Trunstoll
  • Redocumented, 28 September 1865, entering mercantile service as SS Comet
  • Final Disposition, abandoned in 1876
    Displacement 176 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two 30-pdr rifles
    two 24-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Sibyl 408k Drawing Artist Frank Muller of USS Sibyl at anchor during the Civil War.
    Courtesy of the University of North Texas Library.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Sibyl
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Acting Vol. LT. Gorringe, Henry Honychurch16 June 1864 - 1 October 1964
    02Acting Vol. LT. Atkinson, John W.1 October 1964 - 31 July 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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