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USS Port Royal


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as Port Royal, a wooden, double-ended, by Thomas Stock, New York
  • Launched, 17 January 1862
  • Commissioned at New York Navy Yard, 26 April 1862
  • During the Civil War USS Port Royal was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Port Royal engaged Confederate batteries at Sewell’s Point, Va., 8 May 1862
  • Participated in the attack on Fort Darling, Drewry’s Bluff, on the James a week later
  • Participated in the attack Kingston, N.C. from 12 to 16 December 1862
  • At Apalachicola, FL. a ships landing party captured cotton and ordnance, 20 May 1863, again on 24 May a boat expedition captured sloop Fashion and burned a ship repair facility at Devil’s Elbow
  • In August 1864, Port Royal served with Rear Admiral Farragut during the operations in Mobile Bay, AL
  • Decommissioned 23 May 1866
  • Sold at Boston 3 October 1866
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 805 t.
    Length 209'
    Beam 35'
    Depth of Hold 11' 6"
    Draft 9'
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown Propulsion steam

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    Port Royal 135k Contemporary pencil sketch, with colors of flags and smoke lightly worked in, depicting the Union ships; USS Galena, USS Monitor, USS Aroostook, USS Port Royal and USS Naugatuck (listed as shown, left to right) bombarding the Confederate Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, VA., 15 May 1862. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82580-KN (Color). Tommy Trampp
    Port Royal 156k Contemporary pencil sketch by F.H. Wilcke, depicting the Union ships; USS Galena, USS Monitor, USS Aroostook, USS Port Royal and USS Naugatuck (listed as shown, left to right) under the command of Commander John Rodgers bombarding the Confederate Fort Darling at Drewry's Bluff, VA., 15 May 1862. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1998. Tommy Trampp
    Port Royal 39k USS Port Royal arriving with troops at Warrenton, N.C.. Illustration from Frank Leslies's Illustrated Newspaper, August 1863. Tommy Trampp

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