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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built at Boston in 1862-63
Launched in February 1863
Delivered to the Navy at Boston, 22 April 1863
Commissioned USS Niphon, 24 April 1863, at Boston Navy Yard, Acting ENS. Joseph B. Breck in command
Purchased by the Navy, 9 May 1863
USS Niphon was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Fort Fisher, N.C.
Captured blockade runner Banshee at New Inlet, N.C., 29 July 1863
Forced the blockade runner SS Hebe aground north of Fort Fisher, 18 August 1863, were she was destroyed
Participated in the capture of steamer CS Cornubia north of New Inlet, 8 November 1863
Captured blockade runner SS Ella and Annie, off Masonboro Inlet, N.C., 9 November 1863
Participated in the destruction of salt works at Masonboro Sound, 21 April 1864
Participated in the destruction of blockade runner Lynx, 25 April 1864
Ran blockade runner Night Hawk aground and destroyed her, 29 September 1864
Ran the British blockade runner Condon aground off New Inlet, N.C., 1 October 1864
Participated in the capture of British blockade runner Annie, 31 October 1864
Decommissioned, 1 December 1865, at Boston, MA.
Sold at public auction, 17 April 1865, documented as SS Tejuca, 23 October 1865
Sold abroad in 1867
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 475 t.
Length 253' 2"
Beam 24' 9"
Depth 17' 3"
Draft 11' 3"
Speed 12,5 kts
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||A Civil War lithograph of USS Niphon by J.B. Bufford, after a drawing by S.S. Tuckerman.
Collection of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49812
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