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USS Hatteras (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1861 as the iron sidewheel steamer passenger ship SS St. Mary for Charles Morgan at at Harlan and Hollingsworth at Wilmington, DE.
  • Purchased by the Navy from Harland and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE., 25 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS Hatteras at Philadelphia Navy Yard in October 1861, CDR. George F. Emmons in command
  • During the Civil War USS Hatteras was assigned to the
    South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 13 November 1861
    Captured 14 of 22-man garrison at Florida Railroad wharf
    Reassigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron, 26 January 1862
    Engaged CSS Mobile, 27 January 1862, at Berwick, LA.
    Captured seven blockade runners; sloop Poody, steamer SS Indian No. 2, schooner Magnolia, steamer SS Governor A. Mouton, schooner Sarah, sloop Elizabeth, and brig Josephine
    Sunk by gun fire from CSS Alabama, 11 January 1863, off the coast of Texas south of Galveston Light

    Displacement 1,126 t.
    Length 210'
    Beam unknown
    Draft 18'
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement 126
    four 32-pdrs
    one 20-pdr
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Hatteras 178k 19th Century print, depicting the sinking of USS Hatteras by CSS Alabama, off Galveston, Texas, 11 January 1863.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53690
    Bill Gonyo
    Hatteras 91k USS Hatteras in action with CSS Alabama, off Galveston, Texas, 11 January 1863. Lithographed by A. Hoen & Co., Baltimore, MD.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42372
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Hatteras (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Emmons, George FosterOctober 1861 - November 1862
    02LCDR. Blake, Homer CraneNovember 1862 - 11 January 1863
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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    Marine Professional article "USS Hatteras" by Dennis Bryant
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