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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 USS Unadilla
    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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,240 t.
    Length 207'
    Beam 38'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 8' 7"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 160
    Armament
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    three 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    two 32-pdrs
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    one 12-pdr howitzer
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion sail and steam

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    Housatonic 68k Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1902 of USS Housatonic underway.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53573
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Housatonic (I)
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