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CSS St. Philip

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Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1852 as the brigantine=rigged sidewheel steamer SS San Juan by Jeremiah Simonson, Greenpoint, N. Y. for $250,000
  • Renamed SS Star of the West, date unknown, operated passenger service between New York and California
  • Chartered by the Federal Government in January and April 1861 to carry reinforcements to Fort Sumter at Charleston, S.C. and to carry troops from Texas to New York
  • Captured by the Confederate Army steamer CSS General Rusk, 17 April 1861, off Indianola, TX.
  • Renamed CSS St. Philip employed by the Confederate Navy as a receiving ship at New Orleans
  • Sunk by Confederate forces to obstruct the channel of the Tallahatchie River, March 1863
    Displacement 1,172 t.
    Length 228' 4"
    Beam 32' 8"
    Depth of Hold 24' 6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 68-pdrs
    four 32-pdrs
    two vertical beam steam engines

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    St. Philip 131k Engraving of SS Star of the West underway with Fort Sumter Charleston S. C. in the background, circa 1860. Tommy Trampp

    CSS St. Philip
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