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USS New London

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1859 at Mystic CT.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy Department, 26 August 1861, at New York
  • Fitted out for naval service at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS New London, 29 October 1861, at New York Navy Yard, LT. Abner Read in command
  • During the Civil War USS New London was assigned to the Gulf of Mexico
    Assisted USS R. R. Cuyler in capturing schooner Olive, 21 November 1861
    Took steamer Anna, 22 November
    Captured steamer Henry Lewis and a schooner, 29 November
    During December captured steamerAdvocate, 1 December, schooner Delight and sloops Empress and Osceola, 9 December and Gypsy, 29 December 1861
    Participated in a landing party at Biloxi, MS., 31 December 1861, taking possession of two guns and schooner Captain Spedden
    A New London boat expedition landed on Cat Island and interned 12 small sloops and schooners suspected of being pilot boats for blockade runners, 20 February 1862
    Supported troop landings at Pass Christian, MS., 4 April 1862
    Boats from New London captured yachts Comet and Algerine near New Basin, LA., 2 June and 17 June captured and destroyed batteries at North and South passes
    With USS Cayuga captured British schooner Tampico off Sabine Pass, TX., 3 April 1863
    Captured schooner Raton del Nilo 3 December 1863
  • Decommissioned, 3 August 1865, at Boston, MA.
  • Sold at public auction, 8 September 1865, to M. M. Comstock
  • Redocumented as SS Acushnet for commercial service from 27 December 1865 to 1910
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 221 t.
    Length 125'
    Beam 25'
    Depth 7' 8"
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 9.5 kts
    Complement 47
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam
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    New London 75k "View of Ship Island, Louisiana. -- By our Special Artist on Board the 'Sagamore"
    Line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting several U.S. Navy ships anchored off the Federal base at Ship Island in early 1862. Ships are (from left to right) USS Winona, USS New London, USS Niagara, USS Sagamore, USS Wissahickon, and USS Massachusetts. Other features identified, in the center and right background, are Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island, the 9th Connecticut and 22nd Massachusetts Regiments and a military camp.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59009
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS New London
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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