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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
A screw tug completed at Philadelphia early in 1864--operated briefly at Boston
Purchased by the Union Navy, 2 June 1864
Commissioned USS Belle, 3 June 1864
During the Civil War USS Belle was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Refitted at Norfolk Navy Yard as a torpedo boat
Served on picket duty at mouth of the Roanoke River to sound the alarm if the Confederate ram CSS Albermarle attempted to escape from the river
Participated in the capture of Plymouth, N.C., 31 October 1864
Decommissioned circa May 1865
Sold at public auction, 12 July 1865, to Cozzens and Co.
Re-documented, SS Belle, 9 September 1865
Final Disposition, abandoned in 1891
Displacement 52 t.
Length 61' 4"
Depth 6' 4"
Speed 10 kts
one 24-pdr smoothbore
one 12-pdr 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)
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