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USS Commodore Hull

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as a sidewheel ferry SS Nuestra Senora de Regla in 1860, at New York
  • Purchased by the Navy, 1 September 1862
  • Fitted out by Copeland and Howe, New York
  • Commissioned USS Commodore Hull, 27 November 1862, Acting Master W. G. Saltonstall in command
  • During the Civil War USS Commodore Hull was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron along the coasts and rivers of Virginia and North Carolina
    Participated in the siege of Washington, N.C., 30 March to 16 April 1863
    Took part in the action with CSS Albemarle in Albemarle Sound, 5 May 1864
    Participated in the operations around Plymouth, N.C., 29 to 31 October 1864, badly damaged by Confederate batteries losing four crew KIA and three WIA
  • Decommissioned, 8 June 1865, at New York Navy Yard
  • Sold, 27 September 1865, renamed SS Waccamaw in civilian employment, in service until sometime prior to 1885
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 974 t.(lt) 1,173 t.(fl)
    Length 141'
    Beam 28' 4"
    Depth unknown
    Draft 9'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 30-pdr rifles
    four 24-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion steam
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    Hull 102k
    Issac Hull - Oil on canvas painting, 25" by 30" of Captain Isaac Hull , by Samuel L. Waldo (1783-1862) after Gilbert Stuart, 1834. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892.
    US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo #: KN-10895.
    Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
    Commodore Hull 48k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1962, of USS Commodore Hull painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume IV. Originally the civilian ferryboat SS Nuestra Seņora del Regla, built in 1861. She returned to civilian employment after the Civil War, under the name SS Waccamaw.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63706, courtesy Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Albemarle 143k "Wood versus iron" 19th Century photograph of an artwork by Acting Second Engineer Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864. It shows CSS Albemarle engaging several Federal gunboats on Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, 5 May 1864. USS Sassacus is in left center, ramming the Confederate ironclad. Other U.S. Navy ships seen are (from left): USS Commodore Hull, USS Wyalusing and USS Mattabesett. The Confederate transport CSS Bombshell, captured during the action, is in the right background. Albemarle was not significantly damaged during this action, which left Sassacus disabled by a hit in one of her boilers. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1673. From the collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, presented by George R. Babcock, 1938. Robert Hurst
    Commodore Hull 99k USS Commodore Hull engaging Confederate batteries at Plymouth, N.C., 29 October 1864 in a photo type by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, PA., circa the later 19th Century.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61859
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commodore Hull 129k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", December 1864 of the bombardment of Plymouth, N. C. by U.S. Navy gunboats, immediately before the capture of the city. Ships shown include (from center to right): USS Shamrock, USS Otsego, USS Commodore Hull and Bazely.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59163
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Tacony 91k 19th Century photograph of a painting by Acting Second Engineer Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864 depicting USS Commodore Hull (at left) leading the "Double-Ender" gunboats USS Tacony, USS Shamrock, USS Otsego and USS Wyalusing in engaging Confederate batteries at Plymouth, North Carolina, 31 October 1864. Small vessels lashed to the gunboats' unengaged sides include USS Whitehead (beside Tacony), Bazely (beside Shamrock) and USS Belle (beside Otsego).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58943 from the collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, USN. Donated by his son, George R. Babcock, 1939.
    Bill Gonyo

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