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Samson (II)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sternwheel Steamer:
  • 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.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam

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    Monarch 126k "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), Samson and Lancaster. Note cotton bales stacked on deck to protect boilers.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59007
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    Samson (II)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. ENS. Buckley, James D.1 August 1863 - 16 December 1863
    02Act. ENS. Painter, George W.16 December 1863 - 1 August 1863
    03Act. Chief Engr. Bickerstall, SamuelMay 1864 - 9 September 1864
    04Act. Chief Engr. Christopher, Charles H.10 September 1864 - 15 April 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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