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Ariel (IV)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • A Confederate blockade runner captured by USS Huntsville, 14 November 1862, while attempting to run the blockade into Mobile Bay
  • Fitted out for service with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron
  • Placed in service, 21 December 1862, Act. Master's Mate William C. Molloy Officer in Charge
  • Assigned to the duty as a tender to the squadron flagship USS St. Lawrence
  • Purchased, 24 July 1863 by the Union Navy from the prize court at Key West
  • Ariel took three prizes during her two and one-half years serving as a tender
    Good Luck, 6 January 1863, off Key Biscayne Bay, FL.
    Magnolia, 16 December 1863, in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Charlotte Harbor, FL.
    General Finegan, 28 May 1864, at the Crystal River, FL.
  • Assisted troops reinforcing Fort Myers, FL., in mid-April 1864, and continued to conduct similar operations along the Florida coast
  • Following the end of the war Ariel was sold at Key West, 28 June 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 20 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 4'
    Speed unknown
    one lt.12-pdr smoothbore
    Propulsion sail
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    Ariel (IV)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master's Mate Molloy, William C.21 December 1962 - 16 March 1863
    02Act. Ens.. Blake, Jeremiah16 March 1863 - 15 September 1863
    03Act. Master Curtis, Samuel (Temp)1 October 1863 - 10 October 1863
    04Act. Master Harrison, William H.10 October 1863 - 15 March 1864
    05Act. Master Russell, James J.15 April 1864 - 15 October 1864
    06Act. Ens. Bacon, Francis H.1 November 1864 - 15 April 1865
    07Act. Ens. Kendall, Andrew J.15 May 1865 - 28 June 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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