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USS Mobile (I)
USS Tennessee (I)
CSS Tennessee

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1854 at Baltimore, MD., for Charles Morgan's Texas Line
  • Seized by Maj. Gen. Mansfield Lovell, CSA, 15 January 1862, at New Orleans
  • CSS Tennessee was reserved for service as a Government-operated blockade runner
  • Captured at New Orleans by Admiral Farraguts's forces in April 1862
  • Sold in prize court to the US Navy
  • Commissioned, USS Tennessee, 8 May 1862, Acting Master John D. Childs in command
  • Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
    Assisted in the capture of Port Hudson, LA., 9 July 1863
    Assisted in the capture of and forts Morgan and Gaines in August 1864
    Captured or assisted in the capture of seven Confederate vessels;
    Alabama, Friendship, and Jane in 1863 and Allison, Annie Verden, Louisia, and Emily in 1864
  • Name changed to USS Mobile, 1 September 1864, following the capture of the Confederate ironclad CSS Tennessee
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Sold at public auction, 30 March 1865, at New York City, redocumented SS Republic
  • SS Republic foundered at sea off Savannah, Ga., 25 October 1865
    Displacement 1,275 t.
    Length 210'
    Beam 33'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 16' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two 32-pdrs
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 12-pdr (1863)
    Propulsion steam

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    Mobile 89k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1948, of SS Tennessee painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. This steamer became USS Tennessee in 1862. Renamed USS Mobile in September 1864, she remained in Navy service until sold in March 1865. She was renamed SS Republic upon her return to civilian ownership, but was lost in a hurricane on 25 October 1865. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63841
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    158k Views of the sunken wreck of SS Republic Source, National Geographic Society (Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc.) 2003.
    098633802 - Paddle wheel
    098633803 - Gold coins at the wreck site
    098633804 - Model of SS Republic
    098633805 - One of the Paddle wheels at the wreck site
    098633806 - Ship's ribs
    098633807 - Ships' bell being retrieve from the wreck site
    098633808 - View of the wreck site
    Tommy Trampp

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