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USS Somerset (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • the wooden-hull, side-wheel ferry Somerset built at Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1862
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy at Washington, D.C., 4 March 1862
  • Converted for Naval service at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned, USS Somerset, 1 April 1862, LT. Earl English in command
  • 13 April Somerset departed New York Key West, FL. with USS Fort Henry to join the East Gulf Blockading Squadron
  • Captured British blockade runner SS Circassian off Cuba, 4 May 1862
  • Somerset after returning to Key West relieved USS Tahoma, 16 May 1862 on blockading duty at Cedar Springs, FL.
  • Somerset engaged in numerous raids on Confederate salt works etc. in and around Cedar Springs until the end of the war
  • Decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard, 26 June 1865 and sold at auction, 12 July 1865,to the Union Ferry Co., of New York, redocumented, 14 February 1866
  • Somerset operated as a ferry boat at New York City until 1914
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 521 t.
    Length 151'
    Beam 32'4"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 110
    two 11" Dahlgren smoothbores
    four 32-pdrs
    steam, twin sidewheels

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    USS Somerset (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)<
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. English, Earl3 April 1862 - 23 October 1862
    02LCDR. Crosman, Alexander F.23 October 1862 - 5 October 1863
    03Act. Vol. LT., Budd, William5 October 1863 - 29 June 1864
    04Act. Master, Rogers, William F.29 June 1864 - 26 June 1865

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