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CSS Bat (1864)

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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.
    Length 230'
    Beam 26'
    Depth 12'
    Draft 8'
    Speed 16 kts
    Complement 82
    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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