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USS Princess Royal
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Iron-clad Screw Steamer Gunboat:
Built 1861 as SS Princess Royal, at Glasgow, Scotland
Employed as a blockade runner until captured off Charleston S.C. 29 January 1863, by
USS America and
Purchased by the Federal Navy at Philadelphia, 18 March 1863
Fitted out for naval service at Philadelphia Navy Yard
Commissioned, USS Princess Royal , 29 May 1863, CDR, Melancton B. Woolsey, in command
During the Civil War USS Princess Royal was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron;
Participated in the engagement with Confederate forces at Donalsonville, LA., 28 June 1863
Off the Texas coast USS Princess Royal captured the British schooner Flying Scud, near Matamoros, 12 August 1863
Assisted in seizing schooner Wave, 22 August 1863
Took Nepture off Brazoa de Santigo, 19 November 1864
Captured the schooner Flash, 25 November 1864
Seized schooner Alabama, 7 December 1864
Captured Cora off Galveston, 19 December 1864
Captured schooner Anna Sophia in Galveston Bay, 7 February 1865
Participated in the boat expedition to destroy the wreck of the grounded blockade runner Will-o-the-Wisp
Decommissioned, date unknown, at Philadelphia, PA.
Sold at public auction, 17 August 1865, subsequently renamed SS General Sherman
Final Disposition, sunk 10 January 1874, off Cape Fear, N.C.
Displacement 774 t.(lt) 828 t.(fl)
Length 196' 9"
Beam 27' 3"
Speed 11 kts
two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
one 9" Dahlgren smoothbore
four 24-pdr howitzers
Propulsion steam and sail
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||Watercolor of USS Princess Royal Erik Heyl, 1960, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63848
USS Princess Royal
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 January 2014
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