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USS Norfolk Packet


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Schooner:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased, 10 September 1861, by the Navy Department from George Goodspeed of New York
  • Fitted out for naval service by J. Engles
  • Commissioned USS Norfolk Packet, 7 February 1862, at the New York Navy Yard, LT. Watson Smith in command
  • During the Civil War USS Norfolk Packet was initially assigned to the Mississippi Mortar Flotilla
  • Participated in the attacks of Forts Jackson and St. Philip at New Orleans, 16 to 24 April 1862
  • Took part in the bombardment of Vicksburg, MS., 27 June through 8 July 1862
  • Reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron for the remained of the war
  • Participated in the bombardment of Fort McAllister, GA., 3 March 1863
  • Captured schooner Ocean Bird, 23 October 1864
  • Assisted in the capture of British schooner Linda, 11 March 1864
  • Took sloop Sarah Mary, 26 June 1864
  • Decommissioned, 12 July 1865
  • Sold, 10 August 1865, at public auction
    Specifications:
    Displacement 349 t.
    Length 108'
    Beam 28' 2"
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 40
    Armament
    one 13" mortar
    two 32-pdrs
    two 12-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Dandelion 75k "Bombardment of Fort McAllister, Georgia, 3 March 1863"
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", January-June 1863, page 196, depicting the bombardment of Fort McAllister by the U.S. Navy monitors USS Passaic, USS Patapsco and USS Nahant. The engraving is based on a sketch by "an eye-witness" on board USS Montauk, which is in the right center foreground. In the left foreground, firing on the fort, are the mortar schooners USS C.P. Williams, USS Norfolk Packet and USS Para. Among other U.S. Navy ships involved were gunboats USS Wissahickon, USS Seneca and USS Dawn and tug USS Dandelion.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59288
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Norfolk Packet
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, Watson7 February 1862 - 26 August 1862
    02Act. ENS. Wood, George William8 November 1862 - 15 May 1865
    03Act. ENS. Smith, A. Dayton15 May 1865 - 12 July 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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