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USS Elk (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Side-wheel Steamer (Tinclad # 47):
Built in 1863 as the side-wheel 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 1868
Displacement 162 t.
Depth of Hold 3' 10"
four 24-pdr smoothbores
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Elk - one of the largest species within the deer family, and one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America, as well as Central and East Asia.
||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
USS Elk (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 2 July 2021
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