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USS Philippi


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as the sidewheel steamer SS Ella in 1863 by W. Denny and Bros. Ltd, Dumbarton, Scotland, engined by Robert Napier & Sons, Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Launched in 1863
  • Captured while running the blockade off the coast of North Carolina, 10 November 1863, by USS Howquah
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Boston prize court, 23 February 1864,
  • Renamed Philippi, 27 February 1864
  • Commissioned, USS Philippi 11 April 1864, Act. Master James T. Seaver in command
  • Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron as a picket patrol and dispatch vessel
  • Destroyed by Confederate artillery while following Admiral Farragut’s fleet into Mobile Bay 5 August 1864
    Specifications:
    Displacement 311 t.
    Length 140'
    Beam 24'
    Depth 9' 19"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 41
    Armament two 12-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Ella
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    44k Illustration of the Confederate blockade runner Ella underway Robert Hurst

    USS Philippi
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Seaver, James T.11 April 1864 (Comm) -
    5 August 1864 (Sinking)
    Courts Martialed and Dishonorably Discharged, 21 October, 1864, for disobeying a direct order resulting in the loss of his ship. His discharge had to be approved by President Lincoln.
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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