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USS Hope (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built as the wooden schooner Hope, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 29 November 1861, from T. P. Ives
  • Commissioned USS Hope, 14 December 1861, at New York, Acting Master M. S. Chase in command.
  • During the Civil War Hope was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron based at Port Royal. acting as a dispatch vessel supply boat for ships to the southward.
  • Participated in the blockade off Fernandina the adjacent coast of Florida in 1862
  • Captured schooner Emma Turtle, off Charleston, 27 January 1863
  • Throughout most of 1864, Hope remained off Charleston as a blockader
  • Captured sloop Racer, off Bull's Bay 1 August 1864
  • Refitted in late 1864 for diving duty and in October began salvage operations in the Savannah River and Charleston harbor
  • Hope worked on the salvage of CSS Savannah
  • Decommissioned at New York, 6 September 1865
  • Sold 25 October 1865 to T. Morley
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 134 t.
    Length 85'
    Beam 20' 9"
    Draft 9 ft
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament one 20-pdr
    Propulsion sail

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    USS Hope (I)
    History, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01Acting MASTER Chase, Mark S.14 December 1861 - 17 May 1862
    02Acting MASTER Rockwell, John E.17 May 1862 - 12 April 1864
    03Acting MASTER Heath, David P.12 April 1864 - 15 June 1865
    04Acting ENSIGN Curtis, Gardner G.15 June 1865 - 6 September 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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