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USS Norwich (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Screw Steamer Gunboat:
Built in 1861 as the civilian wooden screw steamer SS Norwich at Norwich, CT.
Purchased by the Federal Navy, 26 September 1861, at New York City, from J. M. Huntington & Co.
Commissioned, USS Norwich, 28 December 1861, at New York Navy Yard, LT. James M. Duncan in command
During the Civil War USS Norwich was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Savannah
USS Norwich and USS Uncas escorted troop transports on 10 March 1863 up the St. John's River shelling Confederate positions so Union troops could land at Jacksonville, FL.
On 19 August 1863, USS Norwich and USS Hale mounted a boat expedition to destroy a Confederate signal station near Jacksonville
Supported operations on the St. John's River in early February 1864, convoying Army troops to Jacksonville
Trapped blockade runner ST. Mary's on the St. John's River north of Jacksonville, 7 February 1864, where she was scuttled
USS Norwich continued blockade duty along the coast of Florida and Georgia until the end of the war
Decommissioned, 30 June 1865, at Philadelphia, PA.
Sold at public auction, 10 August 1865, at Philadelphia
Redocumented, 14 October 1865, returning to merchant service
Final Disposition, lost in February 1873
Displacement 450 t.
Length 132' 5"
Beam 24' 6"
Depth-of-Hold 16' 5"
Speed 9.5 kts
one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
four 8" guns
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||Drawing by Xanthus Smith during the Civil War of USS Norwich at anchor.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44761
USS Norwich (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 15 June 2012
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