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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1853 by Hillman & Streaker, Philadelphia, PA.
Entered merchant service in 1853 as SS Atlanta
Renamed SS Parker Vein, date unknown
Chartered by the Navy, 13 September 1858, to take part in the expedition against Paraguay, CDR. Daniel R. Ridgely, in command
Purchased, 26 May 1859, renamed USS Sumpter
Re-assigned to cruise the coasts of Africa and Cuba to suppress slave trade
During the Civil War USS Sumpter was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Participated in the capture of British blockade runner Emil St. Pierre off Charleston, 18 March 1862
Re-assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads, VA.
Final Disposition, sunk by collision with the Army transport General Meigs, off Smith Island in Chesapeake Bay
Displacement 464 t.
Beam 24' 4"
Draft 11' 9"
one 12-pdr smoothbore
one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
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||Right half of a line engraving published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 1861, depicting the scene off Pensacola in mid-April 1861. Features identified in text immediately below the image are (left to right): USS Sabine, USS St. Louis, USS Supply, USS Wyandotte (incorrectly depicted as a side-wheel steamer), Pensacola Navy Yard, and the chartered steamship SS Atlanta (USS Sumpter).
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73743
||Watercolor by Jim Christley of USS Sumpter making up her tow of Alligator in May 1862. Sumpter towed Alligator Hampton Roads.
||USS Sumpter with Alligator in tow.
||Drawing by Jim Christley.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) also see
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 1 March 2013
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