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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, Ga., 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, Ga., 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, Ga, 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 287 t.
    Length 134' 6"
    Beam 27'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 11'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 95
    Armament
    four 32-pdrs
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    Propulsion sail and steam

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