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USS Saco (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Nipsic-class Screw Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 28 August 1863
  • Commissioned USS Saco, at Boston Navy Yard, 11 July 1864, LCDR. John G. Walker in command
  • During the Civil War USS Saco cruised the Atlantic coast in search of Confederate raiders and blockade runners
  • Decommissioned, 27 January 1865, at Washington Navy Yard, for engine repairs
  • Recommissioned, 10 June 1866, for operations along the Atlantic coast, in the Caribbean, and in the Gulf of Mexico and as a training ship at the Naval Academy
  • Decommissioning, 17 December 1868, at Norfolk VA.
  • Recommissioned, 22 July 1870, for overseas service in European and Asiatic waters
  • Decommissioned, 13 July 1876, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold, to William E. Mighell, 20 November 1883
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 593 t.(lt) 836 t.(fl)
    Length 179' 2"
    Beam 29' 8"
    Draft 11' 6"
    Speed 9.5 kts
    Complement 154
    As Built
    one150-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    two 9" smoothbores
    one 30-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    two 20-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    July 1864
    one 100-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    one 30-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    six 30-pdr smoothbores
    one 24-pdr howitzer
    one 12-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    one 12-pdr muzzle smoothbore
    two Corliss Steam Engine Co., Providence, R.I. horizontal vibrating-lever engines (28" x 2'); IHP 327 = 11 kts. Engines designed by John Ericsson
    engines replaced by Isherwood designed back-acting engines in 1865
    single propeller

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    Saco 288k USS Saco early in the 1870s after modifications with clipper bow and three masts. She was the only ship of the class with two funnels. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo from "Warships of The Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone. Robert Hurst

    USS Saco (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Walker, John Grimes (Photo as Midshipman)11 July 1864 - 27 January 1865
    03LCDR. Wilson Henry10 June 1865 - 17 December 1868
    05LCDR. Terry, Edward22 July 1870 - 1873
    06LCDR. Mullan, Dennis W.1873 - 13 July 1876
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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