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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
Displacement 759 t.
Speed 16 kts
one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
two 12-pdr smoothbores
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||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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