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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1860 as the wooden side wheel steamer Samson at California, PA.
Purchased by the Army, 14 July 1862, for service in the Ellet ram fleet
Transferred to the Navy, 27 November 1862, for service with the Mississippi Squadron as a tug and a floating machine shop
Sold at public auction, 9 August 1865, at Mound City, ILL., to J. W. Clark and J. Nixon, et, al.
Re-documented, 27 December 1865, for merchant service
Final Disposition, broken up in 1869
Displacement 230 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
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||"Colonel Ellet's Ram Fleet on the Mississippi"
Line engraving after a sketch by Alexander Simplot, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862.
Ships in the foreground are:
USS Monarch (letter "M" between stacks),
USS Queen of the West (with letter "Q") and
USS Lioness (letter "L"). In the left background are:
USS Switzerland (with letter "S" on paddlebox),
Lancaster. Note cotton bales stacked on deck to protect boilers.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59007
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||Act. ENS. Buckley, James D.||1 August 1863 - 16 December 1863|
|02||Act. ENS. Painter, George W.||16 December 1863 - 1 August 1863|
|03||Act. Chief Engr. Bickerstall, Samuel||May 1864 - 9 September 1864|
|04||Act. Chief Engr. Christopher, Charles H.||10 September 1864 - 15 April 1865|
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