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USS Morse

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Built as the wooden sidewheel ferryboat Marion in 1861 at New York
  • Purchased by the Navy at New York, 7 November 1861
  • Commissioned USS Morse, 9 November 1861, Acting Master Peter Hays in command
  • During the Civil War USS Morse was assigned to North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in Hampton Roads
  • Participated in the capture of Roanoke Island, 7 and 8 February 1862
  • Participated in the capture of Elizabeth City, 10 February 1862
  • Participated in the capture of New Bern, N.C. 14 March 1862
  • Assigned to the James River Flotilla in July 1863
  • Participated in the capture of Fort Powhatan on the James River, 14 July 1863
  • Participated in the campaign on the Mattapony River in March 1864
  • Participated in the efforts to take Fort Lowry on the Rappahannock River in March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1865, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Sold at public auction, 20 July 1865, to East Boston Ferry Co.
  • Re-documented Lincoln, 12 December 1865
  • Final Disposition, abandoned in 1885
    Displacement 514 t.
    Length 143'
    Beam 33'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 8' 6"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 50
    Armament two 9" guns
    Propulsion steam

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    USS Morse
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