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USS Colossus (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Stern-wheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1864 at Freedom, PA.
  • Purchased, 6 December 1864, at Cincinnati, OH., by the Navy Department
  • Fitted out for naval service at Mound City, IL.
  • Commissioned USS Colossus, 24 February 1865, Acting Master Frederick. G. Sampson in command until decommissioning
  • During the Civil War USS Colossus was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron, patrolling between Vicksburg, MS. and the Arkansas River
  • Decommission, 3 July 1865, at Mound City
  • Sold 17 August 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 183 t.
    Length 155' 2"
    Beam 31' 9"
    Draft 4'
    Speed 5 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    two 30-pdrs
    one 12-pdr smoothbore
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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