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USS O. M. Pettit

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as the wooden side wheel steamer SS Oliver M. Pettit in 1857 at Williamsburg, N.Y.
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 17 August 1861
  • Commissioned USS O. M. Pettit, 4 October 1861, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master A. S. Gardner in command
  • During the Civil War USS O. M. Pettit served as a tug at New York Navy Yard before joining the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron early in 1862, serving as a tug at Port Royal, S.C.
  • Decommissioned, at Bay Point, S.C., date unknown
  • Sold, 2 September 1865, to J. W. Walcott
  • Final Disposition, abandoned in 1879
    Displacement 165 t.
    Length 106'
    Beam 28' 4"
    Depth 7'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 30-pdrs
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    Propulsion steam

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    Wabash 100k "The Great Naval Expedition" to capture Port Royal, South Carolina, November 1861. Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume, pages 696-697, depicts Federal warships and transports, under Flag Officer Samuel F. DuPont, USN, departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, en route to Port Royal. Ships, as identified below the image bottom, are (from left): (illegible),
    USS O.M. Pettit,
    USS Gem of the Sea,
    Great Republic,
    USS Wabash (DuPont's flagship),
    USS Seneca,
    USS Pembina,
    USS Connecticut,
    USS Mercury,
    USS Unadilla,
    USS Augusta,
    USS Alabama and (illegible).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 59315
    Robert Hurst
    O. M. Pettit 153k USS O. M. Pettit under way during the Civil War, location unknown.
    US Library of Congress photo.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS O. M. Pettit
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