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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
A screw steamer built in 1861 at New Brunswick, N.J
Purchased by the Navy, 17 October 1861, at New York City from D. B. Martin
Commissioned USS Whitehead, 19 November 1861, Acting Master Charles A. French in command
During the Civil War USS Whitehead was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in the sounds and rivers of North Carolina
Participated in the capture of Roanoke Island, 7 and 8 February 1862
Took as prizes schooners Comet and J.J. Crittendon, and schooner America 10 April, Schooner Eugenia, 20 May and schooner Ella D, 22 May 1862
Participated in the attack at Franklin, 3 October on the Blackwater River
Participated in lifting the Confederate siege of Washington N. C., 31 Mary to 16 April 1863
Participated in the bombardment and occupation Williamston, N.C., 6 and 7 July
Destroyed a Confederate corn mill on the Roanoke River, 22 February 1864
Participated in the battles with the Confederate ram CSS Albemarle in April and May 1864 on the Roanoke River
Captured steamer Arrow, 28 July 1864, at Gatesville, N.C.
Participated in the recapture of Plymouth, N.C., 31 October 1864
Decommissioned, 29 June 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
Sold at public auction, 10 August 1865
Re-documented as SS Nevada, 7 October 1865, for mercantile service
Final Disposition, destroyed by fire, 1September 1872, at New London, CT.
Displacement 136 t.
Length 93' 1 ½"
Beam 19' 9"
Speed 8 kts
one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
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||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 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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 26 October 2012
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