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USS Meteor (II)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Sidewheel Gunboat (Tinclad No. 44):
Built in 1863 as SS Scioto at Cincinnati. OH.
Acquired by the Navy at Cincinnati in late December 1863
Renamed Meteor, 21 December 1863
Purchased from Washington Houshell, 23 January 1864
Commissioned USS Meteor, at New Orleans, LA., 8 March 1864, Acting Master Meletiah Jordan in command
During the Civil War USS Meteor was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
Meteor departed New Orleans 26 March 1864 taking station as guard vessel between Head of Passes and Pass a l’Outre on the Mississippi River
Moving to Mobile Bay, 11 March 1865, USS Meteor supported operations at Dog River Bar
Landed troops at Fish River under gunfire, 21 and 22 March 1865
Participated in the bombardment of the Spanish Fort 8 to 11 April, 1865
Conducted salvage operation in Mobile Bay on the monitor Osage, sunk by torpedo (mine), 29 March 1865
Decommissioned, 12 August 1865, at Lakeport, AL.
Sold at public auction, 5 October 1865, at New Orleans, LA. to Mitchell, Boardman, and Walden
Renamed SS De Sotofor merchant service in the river
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 221 t.
Beam 33' 6"
Depth of Hold 4' 3"
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USS Meteor (II)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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