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USS Aries (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Laid down in 1861 at Sunderland, England, by James Laing's Deptford yard
  • Completed in 1862 and sold later that year to Frederic Peter Obicino of London, England
  • Resold, apparently sometime in 1863, to the Cuban firm, V. Malga & Cie, of Havana.
  • SS Aries was run ashore near Bull's Bay, S.C., 28 March 1863, and was captured by USS Stettin
  • Condemned and purchased by the Navy at Boston, 20 May 1863
  • Commissioned USS Aries, 25 July 1863, at Boston Navy Yard, Acting Vol. LT. Edward F. Devens in command
  • Aries served as a transport from July to November 1863
  • In November 1863 USS Aries was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
    Took the British steamer Ceres as a prize, 6 December 1863, at the Cape Fear River
    Assisted USS Governor Buckingham, 20 December 1863, in the capture of the Confederate blockade runner SS Antonio
    Aries took part in the chase and grounding of the Confederate blockade runner SS Dare, 7 January 1864, near the north inlet to the Little River N.C.
    Participated in the chase and burning of the blockade runner Ranger, 11 January 1864
    Aries returned to duty after repairs at Norfolk to blockade duty off Wilmington, 28 October 1864, assisting USS Eolus and USS Calypso in capturing the English steamer Lady Sterling which later became USS Sterling
    Assisted in the capture of Fort Fisher, January 1865
    Reassigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron for the remainder of the war
  • Decommissioned, 14 June 1865, at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Sold at public auction at Boston, 1 August 1865, to Sprague, Soule & Co.
  • Documented, 12 August 1865, as SS Aries
  • Final Disposition, sold in 1908 for scrapping
    Displacement 820 t.
    Length 201'
    Beam 27' 10"
    Depth 15' 8"
    Draft 16'
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 90
    four 8" guns
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam
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    Stettin 148k "Capture of the Anglo-Confederate steamer Aries off Bull's Bay, near Charleston, S. C., by the United States gunboat Stettin."
    Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)
    Depicts the capture by USS Stettin of the British blockade runner SS Aries, 28 March 1863, off Bull's Bay, S.C., with a cargo of liquor.
    Tommy Trampp
    Aries 85k Photographic reproduction of contemporary sketch, mounted on a carte de visite of USS Aries from the collection of Assistant Engineer R.C. Potts. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Noble Newport Potts, 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57272-A
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Aries 43k Artwork by Erik Heyl, 1955, for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. It depicts USS Aries as she appeared in merchant service after the Civil War.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 66404 courtesy Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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