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USS Housatonic (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Ossipee Class Steam Screw Sloop of War:
Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard
Launched, 20 November 1861
Commissioned, 29 August 1862, at Boston Navy Yard, CDR. William Rogers Taylor in command
USS Housatonic joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 19 September 1862, at Charleston, S.C.
Aided in the boarding and refloating of the blockade runner SS Princess Royal previous driven ashore by
Captured sloop Neptune, 19 April 1863, while attempting to run the blockade out of Charleston
Assisted in the capture of the steamer Secesh, 15 May 1863
Her boats with howitzers mounted joined the attack on Fort Wagner, 10 July 1863 and continuing attacks there after
Final Disposition, Housatonic would become the first victim of a successful submarine attack on a warship, when she was rammed and sunk by the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley, outside the bar at Charleston, 17 February 1864. Hunley and her crew perished in the attack, while the Housatonic's losses were two officers and three men
Displacement 1,240 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Draft 8' 7"
Speed 9 kts
one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
three 30-pdr Parrott rifles
one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
two 24-pdr howitzers
one 12-pdr howitzer
one 12-pdr rifle
Propulsion sail and steam
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||Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1902 of USS Housatonic underway.
US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53573
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USS Housatonic (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 7 March 2013
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