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CSS Sea Bird

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built at Keyport, N.J., in 1854
  • Purchased by North Carolina at Norfolk, VA., in 1861 and fitted for service with the Confederate States Navy
  • Commissioned CSS Sea Bird in 1861, LT. P. McCarrick, CSN in command
  • Sea Bird was assigned to duty along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts
  • She served as the flagship of Confederate Flag Officer W. F. Lynch's "mosquito fleet" during the battles in defense of Roanoke Island on 7-8 February 1862, and Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Final Disposition, rammed and sunk by USS Commodore Perry, 10 February 1862.
    Displacement 202 t.
    Length 133'
    Beam 21'
    Depth of Hold 7'2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 42 officers and men
    one 32-pdr smoothbore
    one 30-pdr rifle
    one Berkbeck, Furman & Co, N.Y. low pressure 30'x84' vertical beam steam engine
    two sidewheels

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