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USS Judge Torrence


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Wooden Stern-wheel Steamer:
  • Purchased by the War Department, 10 February 1862
  • Transferred to the Navy, 30 September 1862
  • Commissioned USS Judge Torrence, at Cairo, Ill., 25 December, CDR. Le Roy Fitch in command
  • During the Civil War USS Judge Torrence served as an ordinance resupply ship on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1865, at Cairo, IL
  • Sold at public auction, 17 August 1865, at Mound City, IL.
  • Redocumented, 2 January 1866, renamed SS Amazon
  • Final Disposition, sank after striking a snag off Ozark Island, AK., 19 February 1869
    Specifications:
    Displacement 700 t.
    Length 179' 1"
    Beam 45' 6"
    Draft 9'
    Speed 6 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    two 24-pdr smoothbore howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Judge Torrence 40k USS Judge Torrence on the Western rivers, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the effects of Peter Hartwig, Acting Chief Engineer, USN.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Judge Torrence
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Fitch, Le Roy25 December 1862 - 1862
    02Acting Vol. LT. Richardson, James F. Richardson1862-1863

    Other Officers and Engineers
    Acting ENS. William Sill
    Acting Master Jeremiah Irvin
    Acting Master's Mate Charles White
    Acting Asst. Paymaster J. H. Marshall
    Acting Chief Engineer Peter R. Hartwig
    Acting Second Asst Edward C. Jones
    Acting Second Asst Jasper Holman
    Acting Third Asst John Denhard
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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