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Built in 1857 as the schooner-rigged yacht Wanderer at the shipyard of Joseph Rowland, Setauket, Long Island, N.Y., by Thomas B. Hawkins for COL. John Johnson of New York City and Louisiana
Sold to William C. Corrie of Charleston, S.C., date unknown
Seized as a suspected slaver, 9 June 1858, in New York Harbor by revenue cutter USRC Harriet Lane
Wanderer was free to clear port after inspection found no evidence of intent to enter the slave trade
Arriving 25 June at Charleston the ship was fitted out for the slave trade
Wanderer took on board 500 slaves on the Congo River in September delivering her human cargo at Jekyll Island, 28 November
Word of Wanderer's arrival quickly spread, and a great deal of litigation ensued—both civil and criminal—but resulted in no convictions. During the next two years, ownership of the vessel changed several times and, on one occasion, the ship was stolen and taken to sea on a piratical and slaving voyage. Near the coast of Africa, the first mate led a mutiny and left the pirate captain at sea in a small boat before bringing the ship back to Boston on Christmas Eve 1859 and turning her over to authorities there.
Now under Southern registry Wanderer was confiscated in May 1861 at Charleston, S.C.
Assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West
On 30 November, Wanderer stopped the British schooner Telegraph off Key Vaccas, FL. The incident prompted a diplomatic protest from the British, 8 March 1862
Assigned to th East Gulf Blockading Squadron, 20 January 1862
Captured Sloop Ranger and schooner Annie B. during March and April 1863
Condemned by the Philadelphia prize court in May 1863 and was simultaneously purchased by the Union Navy.
Placed in ordinary at Key West while being refitted as a hospital ship in July 1863
Place out of service, 1 June 1865
Deteriorated rapidly during her relative inactivity, Wanderer was sold at public auction, 28 June 1865, at Key West, to Packer & Watson for the banana trade
Final Disposition, lost off Cape Maisi, Cuba, 21 January 1871
Displacement 300 t.
Beam 25' 6"
Draft 9' 6"
Speed 20 kts
one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
two 24-pdr Dahlgren howitzers
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||Wanderer underway during her wartime naval service, with two merchantmen in the background. (NR&L(0)17832)
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NR&L(O)17832.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
| ||LT. Spotts, James H.||May 1861 - 25 June 1862|
| ||Act. Master Turner, E. S.||15 September 1862 - 30 April 1863|
| ||Act. Master Barclay, J. O.||30 April 1863 - 28 August 1863|
| ||Act. Master's Mate Morris, William||15 September 1863 - 10 December 1863|
| ||Act. Master's Mate Tierney, Thomas||10 December 1863 - 25 January 1864|
| ||Act. Master's Mate Somes, Charles T.||25 January 1864 - 2 June 1864|
| ||Act. Master's Mate Clark, Samuel B.||2 June 1864 - 15 October 1864|
| ||Act. Master's Mate McClintock, William ||15 October 1864 - 1 June 1865|
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