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USS Metacomet

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sassacus class wooden double-ender Sidewheel Steamer Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, by Thomas Stack, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched 7 March 1863
  • Commissioned USS Metacomet at New York, 4 January 1864, CDR. James H. Jovett in command
  • During the Civil War USS Metacomet was;
  • Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron at Mobile Bay
    Captured blockade runner SS Donegal, 6 June 1864
    Participated in the boat expedition, 30 June 1864, near Fort Morgan to burn grounded blockade runner SS Ivanhoe
    Participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, capturing the Confederate gunboat CSS Selma
    Captured blockade runner Susanna, schooner Sea Witch and sloop Lilly off the Texas coast
  • Decommissioned, 18 August 1865, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 28 October 1865, to John Roach & Sons
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,173 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 35'
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 12.5 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 100-pdrs
    two 24-pdrs
    one 12-pdr
    four 9-pdrs
    Propulsion steam
    two sidewheels

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Sassacus (I)
    85k Generic lithograph representing the Sassacus-class gunboats.
    John Spivey
    Selma 121k Engraving by Winham, "from a War-time sketch", published in "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War", Volume IV, page 394, depicts the capture of CSS Selma by USS Metacomet in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42219
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Metacomet 228k Wood-cut engraving titled "The Rebel Gun-Boat [CSS Selma] surrendering to the United States Steamer [USS Metacomet", published in "Harper's Weekly" September 1864. Tommy Trampp
    Metacomet 108k Artwork by Xanthus Smith, depicting USS Metacomet at Pensacola, FL., 30 August 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60648
    Bill Gonyo
    Metacomet 135k Line engraving, after a sketch by George Watters, published in "Harper's Weekly", 10 December 1864, page 789, depicting a Sunday morning inspection aboard USS Metacomet. Crewmen are paraded with cutlasses beside one of the gunboat's 100-pounder Parrott rifled guns. Note hoisting arrangements in the hatch at left, possibly to supply ammunition to the gun, officers standing at right and hammocks stowed in the hammock rails.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 47017
    Bill Gonyo
    Hartford 156k Flag Officer Farragut ship's passing Fort Morgan during the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Drawing from the book "Under Both Flags" Veteran Publishing Co., © 1896. From left to right:
    USS Manhattan
    USS Tecumseh
    USS Brooklyn
    USS Octorara
    USS Hartford
    USS Metacomet
    USS Richmond
    USS Port Royal
    USS Lackawanna
    USS Seminole
    USS Monongahela and
    USS Kennebec
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Metacomet
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Jouett, James E.4 January 1864 - 14 December 1864
    02CDR. Crosby, Pierce14 December 1864 - 10 August 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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