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USS Bat


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Owl class Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as a steel-hulled side wheel steamer in 1864 at Liverpool, England
  • Purchased for the Confederate Government by Capt. James D. Bullock, CSN
  • Surrendered to the USS Montgomery off Wilmington, N.C., 10 October 1864, while attempting to run the blockade
  • Purchased by the United States Government for Union Navy service
  • Convert to a gunboat at Boston Navy Yard
  • Commissioned, 13 December 1864, LCDR. John S. Barnes in command
  • USS Bat was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Bats most important service during the war was the escort of President Lincoln to visit General Grant at Richmond
  • Decommissioned, 17 May 1865, at New York Navy Yard
  • Sold at public auction, 25 May 1865, to Russel Surgiss and Associates
  • Re-documented, 6 November 1865 as SS Teaser for merchant service
  • Sold to Canadian owner in 1871, renamed SS Miramichi
  • Final Disposition, sold to Richelieu and Ontario Steam Navigation Co. in 1902 for scrapping
    Specifications:
    Displacement 759 t.
    Length 230'
    Beam 26'
    Depth 12'
    Draft 8'
    Speed 16 kts
    Complement 82
    Armament
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 12-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion steam

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    Bat 54k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1951, of USS Bat painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. Bat, a blockade runner owned by the Confederate Government, became USS Bat (1864-1865) after she was captured..
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63846, Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    Tommy Trampp

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