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USS Elk (I)


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Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer (Tinclad # 47):
  • Built in 1863 as the sidewheel steamer Countess at Cincinnati
  • Purchased for the navy by ADM. David D. Porter, 8 December 1863
  • Converted to a Gunboat and renamed Elk 26 January 1864,
  • Commissioned, USS Elk, 6 May 1864, LCDR. J. H. Gillis in command
  • During the Civil War USS Elk was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and patrolled the waters off New Orleans and Mobile, and in the lower Mississippi River
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, at New Orleans
  • Sold, 24 August 1865, at New Orleans, re-documented as SS Countess
  • Final Disposition, sunk in 1868fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 162 t.
    Length 156'
    Beam 29'
    Depth of Hold 3' 10"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 65
    Armament
    two 32-pdrs
    four 24-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion steam
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    Elk 184k USS Elk officers on the ship's upper deck, seen from a similar river steamer during the Civil War. Note fancy woodwork around the deck edge and pilothouse roof, bullet-proof metal plating and ship's number ("47") on the pilothouse, and smokestack brace.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 54359
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Elk (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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