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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"
    Draft 10'
    Speed 9.5 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    four 8" guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Norwich 103k Drawing by Xanthus Smith during the Civil War of USS Norwich at anchor.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44761
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Norwich (I)
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