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USS Clyde (I)


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Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Steamer:
  • Launched in 1861, Neptune a side-wheel steamer blockade runner, was captured 14 June 1863 by USS Lackawanna and sent to Key West for condemnation and onward to New York
  • Surveyed, appraised and purchased by the Navy Department, at New York
  • Commissioned USS Neptune, at New York, 29 July 1863, Acting Master A. A. Owens in command
  • Name changed to USS Clyde, at Washington, D.C., 11 August 1863
  • USS Clyde was assigned to East Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West, arriving in that port 13 September
  • Her duties consisted of patrolling the coastal and inland waters of western Florida and among the Florida Keys Clyde captured the schooner Amaranth 27 September 1863, and participated in two boat expeditions up the Suwanee and Waccasassa rivers
  • Decommissioned, 17 August 1864, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Sold at New York, sold 25 October 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 294 t.
    Length 200' 6"
    Beam 18' 6"
    Depth of Hold 8'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement 67
    Armament two 24-pdr Dahlgren howitzers
    Propulsion steam, two side wheels

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    Clyde 550k The Side-wheel Steamer USS Clyde tied up in port, circa 1863-1865. Note this former blockade runner's pivot-mounted Dahlgren howitzer. The original photographic print was mounted on a carte de visite.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55220, donation of Mrs. Noble Newport Potts, August 1945
    Robert Hurst

    USS Clyde (I)
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