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USS Granite City


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed for commercial service, date unknown
  • Taken by the Confederate govenment to operate as blockade runner
  • SS Granite was captured in the Bahama Islands 22 March 1863 by USS Tioga
  • Purchased by the Navy from the New York Prize Court for $55,000
  • Commissioned, USS Granite City, circa 16 April 1863, Acting Master Charles W. Lamson in command
  • Granite City was assigned to the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, 27 August 1863
  • USS Granite City participated in the ill-fated Sabine Pass expedition, 8 September 1863
  • Granite City was next assigned to the blockade of the Texas coast
  • Captured schooner Anitia, 27 October 1863
  • Took schooner Amelia Ann, 16 November 1863
  • Captured bark Teresita, 17 November 1863
  • USS Granite City shelled the Texas coast in company with USS Sciota at Pass Cavallo, 31 December 1863 and 19 January 1864, at Smiths Landing, TX.
  • USS Granite City was lost to Confederate attack, 28 April, 1864, at Calcasieu Pass, LA.
  • In Confederate hands Granite City was again fitted out as a blockade runner
  • Chased ashore by USS Penguin, 20 January 1865, near Velasco, TX.
  • Final Disposition, broken up on the beach near Velasco, TX.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 450 t.
    Length 160'
    Beam 23'
    Draft unknown
    Depth 9' 2"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    six 24-pdr howitzers
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam

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