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Ice Boat

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Ice Boat, also known as Refrigerator and Release, owned by the city of Philadelphia
  • Offered to the Navy free of expense soon after the outbreak of the Civil War
  • Placed in service at Philadelphia 23 April 1861, CDR. Oliver S. Glisson in command
  • During the Civil War Ice Boat was primarily assigned to the defenses around Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River
  • Returned to the City of Philadelphia in November 1861
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 50
    four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Ice Boat 189k Drawing of USS Ice Boat docked at the Washington Navy Yard, 23 May 1861.
    US Library of Congress photo.
    Bill Gonyo

    Ice Boat
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Glisson, Oliver S. RADM23 April 1861 - 16 August 1861
    02LT. Parker, Foxhall A.17 August 1861 - 20 August 1861
    03LT. Pattison, Thomas21 August 1861 - 16 November 1861
    04Acting Master Parks, F. P.17 November 1861 - November 1861
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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