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USS Governor Buckingham


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • A hemaphodite brig built by Messrs Maxon Fish & Co., Mystic, CT.
  • Sold, 29 July 1863, to the Navy while still on the builders ways
  • Delivered at New York Navy Yard, 30 September 1863,
  • Commissioned USS Governor Buckingham, 13 November 1863, Acting Volunteer LT. W. G. Saltonstall in command
  • USS Governor Buckingham was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, joining the fleet off Wilmingon, N. C. in early December 1863
  • Captured blockade runner Antonica, 21 December 1863, with the assistance of USS Aries
  • Governor Buckingham along with USS Fahkee destroyed grounded blockade runner Bendigo, 11 January 1864 and on the same day intercepted the British blockade runner Ranger in consort with USS Minnesota, USS Daylight and USS Aries
  • Assisted in the destruction of the British blockade runner Black Hawk, 30 September 1864
  • In December 1864 and in January 1865 USS Governor Buckingham took part in the attacks against Fort Fisher
  • Decommissioned, 27 March 1865, at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Sold at public auction, 12 July 1865, at New York
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 886 t.
    Length 177' 6"
    Beam 32' 2"
    Depth 17'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 100-pdr
    one 20-pdr
    four 30-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    USS Governor Buckingham
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Vol. LT. Saltonstall, William G.13 November 1863 - 12 February 1864
    02Act. Vol. LT. McDiarmid12 February 1864 - 27 March 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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