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USS Hendrick Hudson


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Schooner-rigged Screw Steamer:
  • Built as SS Florida in 1859 at Greenpoint, N.Y.
  • Captured by USS Pursuit while attempting to run the blockade at St. Andrew's Bay, FL., 6 April 1862
  • Purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia, 20 September 1862
  • Commissioned USS Hendrick Hudson, 30 December 1862 at Philadelphia,PA. Acting Master John E. Giddings in command
  • During the Civil War USS Hendrick Hudson was assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron
    Assigned to blockading duty off East Pass, St. George's Sound, FL.
    Captured schooner Margaret, 1 February 1863
    Captured schooner Teresa, 16 April 1863
  • Reassigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, after refit at Boston, off the mouth o the Suwannee River, 28 December 1863
    Rammed and sank blockade runner, schooner Wild Pigeon off Key West, 21 March 1864
    Participated in an Army expedition in the vicinity of St. Marks, FL., 27 February to 7 March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 8 August 1865, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Sold, 12 September 1865, and re-documented SS Hendrick Hudson
  • Final Disposition, lost, cause unknown in 1867
    Specifications:
    Displacement 460 t.
    Length 171'
    Beam 29' 11"
    Depth 9' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    four 8" guns
    two 20-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Henrick Hudson 72k USS Hendrick Hudson at anchor during the Civil War, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53512
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Hendrick Hudson
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Giddings, John E.30 December 1862 - 1863
    02Act. Vol. LT. Cate, David1863 - 1864
    03LCDR. McDougal, Charles J.1864 - ?
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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