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USS Rachel Seaman

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • A wooden schooner purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia 21 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS Rachel Seaman, 16 November 1861, at Philadelphia Navy Yard Acting Master Quincey A. Hooper in command
  • Assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron for blockade duty along the Texas and Alabama coasts
  • USS Rachel Seaman shelled Confederate batteries at Pass Cavallo and Velasco in January 1862, and at Sabine Pass September 1862, and destroyed a railroad bridge at Taylor's Bayou TX.
  • Captured British schooner Dart and burned schooners Stonewall and Lone Star
  • Took schooner Nymph, 21 April 1863 and captured British schooner Maria Alfred, 13 April 1864
  • Decommissioned, 22 May 1865, at New York
  • Sold at public auction, 30 May 1865 to Mr. Wiggins
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 303 t.
    Length 115'
    Beam 30'
    Depth 9' 10"
    Draft 9'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Westfield 103k "Commander Porter's Mortar Flotilla".
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the mortar schooner flotilla commanded by David Dixon Porter during the April 1862 attack on the forts below New Orleans.
    Vessels shown are (from left to right):
    USS Westfield,
    USS Adolph Hugel,
    USS Para,
    USS William Bacon,
    USS Oliver H. Lee,
    USS C.P. Williams,
    USS Henry Janes,
    USS George Mangham,
    USS Racer,
    USS Horace Beals,
    USS Sarah Bruen,
    USS Samuel Rotan,
    USS John Griffith,
    USS Rachel Seaman,
    USS Maria J. Carlton,
    USS Sidney C. Jones,
    USS T.A. Ward,
    USS Sea Foam,
    USS Maria A. Wood,
    USS Octorara (Porter's flagship) and
    USS Matthew Vassar.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59061
    Robert Hurst

    USS Rachel Seaman
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Hooper, Quincey A.16 November 1861 - 11 January 1864
    02Act. Master Porter, Charles11 January 1864 - 25 November 1864
    03Act. Master Curtis, Samuel25 November 1864 - 22 May 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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