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CSS Uncle Ben (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
A Lake Erie tug chartered by the United States Government in April 1861 to accompany an expedition for the reinforcement of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor
Departed New York, 7 April 1861, storms forced her to seek shelter in Wilmington, N.C.
Seized by the citizens and converted to a gunboat mounting one gun
When North Carolina seceded, Uncle Ben was turned over to the Confederacy and operated around Wilmington
In late summer of 1862, her engine was transferred to the ironclad CSSNorth Carolina and her hull sold.
Under her new owners she was fitted out as a privateer schooner, renamed Retribution, and later Etta
Final Dispostion, fate unknown
Displacement 155 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Armament one gun
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||A woodcut engraving of the civilian tug Uncle Ben underway in heavy seas off Cape Hatteras, 20 April 1861.
Salvaged from a damaged 1885 printing of Frank Leslie's "The Soldier in Our Civil War".
CSS Uncle Ben
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 5 July 2013
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