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USS Emma (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Laid down, date and location unknown
  • Captured, 24 July 1863, while running the blockade at Wilmington, N. C. by the US Army transport Arago
  • Purchased by the Navy from the New York prize court, 30 September 1863 and fitted out at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Emma, 30 August 1863, Acting Master George B. Livingston, in command
  • During the Civil War USS Emma was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Assisted in the destruction of blockade runner Ella, 6 December 1864
  • Participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864 and 13 to 15 January 1865.
  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1865, at Boston, MA.
  • Sold 1 November 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 350 t.
    Length 156'
    Beam 21'
    Draft 9' 4"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    six 24-pdr howitzers
    two 12-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Emma 167k A view from the deck of the unarmed Army transport Arago during a seven hour chase and capture of the blockade runner Emma. The capture was one of the most unique exploits on the Atlantic Ocean during the war. It was accomplished through a "big bluff," resulting in a prize of $450,000. Image from "The National Tribune" (Washington, D.C.), 6 January 1898. Robert Hurst

    USS Emma (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Act. Master Livingston, George B.23 October 1863 - 8 June 1864
    02Act. LT. Dunn, Thomas C.8 June 1864 - 28 December 1864
    03Act. LT. Williams, James M.28 December 1864 - 1 February 1865
    04Act. Master Hamilton, James A.1 February 1865 - 30 August 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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