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USS Stars and Stripes

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built at Mystic, CT. by Charles Mallory
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York City, 27 July 1861
  • Fitted out for naval service at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Stars and Stripes, at New York Navy Yard, 19 September 1861, LT. Reed Werden in command
  • During the Civil War USS Stars and Stripes was assigned to the Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Hatteras Inlet, N.C.
    Captured schooner Charity, 15 December
    Participated in the attacks at Roanoke Island in February, and New Bern in March 1862
    Off Wilmington, 27 June Stars and Stripes together with USS Cambridge destroy blockade-running steamer SS Modem Greece which Cambridge had run aground
    Captured British ship Mary Elizabeth 24 August
  • Decommissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard, 14 September, for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 29 September 1862
    Re-assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron, off the gulf coast of Florida
    Captured sloop Florida, 3 June 1863
    Destroyed salt works at Marsh Island, FL., 15 July
    Ran blockade-running schooner Caroline Gertrude aground on the bar at the mouth of the Ochlockonee River, 29 December
    Captured blockade-running steamer SS Laura off the Ochlockonee, 18 January 1864
  • Decommissioned at Philadelphia, 30 June 1865
  • Sold at public auction at Philadelphia, 10 August 1865 to Thomas Watson and Sons of New York
  • Redocumented as SS Metropolis, 18 September 1865
  • Final Disposition, wrecked on the outer bar of Currituck Beach, N.C., 31 January 1878
    Displacement 407 t.
    Length 124' 3"
    Beam 34' 6"
    Depth 16' 4"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 10.5 kts.
    Complement 94
    four 8 cwt guns
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    Propulsion steam and sail
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    Stars and Stripes 180k Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, depicting the steamers E. B. Hale and Stars & Stripes fitting out at the New York Navy Yard, during the summer of 1861. Both were placed in commission as U.S. Navy ships in September 1861.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59382
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    South Carolina (III) 85k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", January-June 1863, page 76, of the US Navy Blockading Fleet off North Channel, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. US Navy ships depicted are (from left to right): USS South Carolina, USS G.W. Blunt, USS Daylight and USS Stars and Stripes.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59135
    Bill Gonyo
    Stars and Stripes 67k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1952, of SS Metropolis painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. Built at Mystic, Connecticut, in 1861, this steamer served as USS Stars & Stripes in 1861-1865. Sold for commercial use after the Civil War, she was renamed Metropolis in 1871 and wrecked in January 1878.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63850 courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Stars and Stripes
    179k SS Metropolis foundering at the outer bar of Currituck Beach, N.C., 31 January 1878, with the loss of one hundred railroad workers, on their way to Brazil.
    "Harper's Weekly"
    Robert Hurst

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