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USS Potomska

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Gunboat:
  • Built, date and location unknown as wooden screw steamer rigged as a three masted schooner
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 25 September 1861, at New York from H. Haldrege
  • Commissioned, USS Potomska, 20 December 1861, at the New York Navy Yard
  • During the Civil War USS Potomska was assigned to duty with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
    Assisted in covering the landing of US troops at the mouth of the Savannah River, A., 28 January 1862
    Participated in the taking of Fernandina, FL., 4 March 1862
    Potomska in company with USS Mohican and USS Pocahontas she took possession of St. Simonís and Jekyl Islands, 9 March 1862 and landed at Brunswick, GA.
    Involved in an expeditions to St. Catherineís Sound, A., 27 April 1862, and Darien, GA., 9 May, 1862
    Decommissioned in August for repairs at Philadelphia
    Recommissioned in September
    Set up a blockade at Sapelo Sound in October
    Escorted Army transport Darlington up Sapelo River, A, 7 November 1862.
    Captured the blockade running British schooner Belle in Sapelo Sound, 23 February 1863
    Decommissioned for repairs at Baltimore, MD. in March 1864
    Recommissioned, 21 June 1864, at Baltimore
    Active in blockade duties from September 1864 to February 1865 along the South Carolina coast
    Support amphibious Army landing at Bull's Bay, S.C., 16 to 17 February 1865
  • Decommissioned at Philadelphia, 16 June 1865
  • Sold at auction there, 10 August 1865, for $7,100
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 287 t.
    Length 134' 6"
    Beam 27'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 95
    four 32-pdrs
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    Propulsion sail and steam
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