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USS Blue Light

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Tug:
  • Laid down in 1863 at Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard
  • Launched, 27 February 1864
  • Fitted out to carry ammunition from magazines ashore to warships anchored off shore
  • Placed in service and assigned to Boston Navy Yard where she served until 1870
  • From 1871 to June 1873 Blue Light served as a yard tug at the Washington Navy Yard.
  • Commissioned, USS Blue Light, 27 June 1874, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Assigned to US Commissioner on Fish and Fisheries in Maine until September 1873
  • Decommissioned, 13 September 1873, Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Recommissioned, 12 June 1874, for service as a yard tug at New London, CT.
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1875, and laid up in reserve
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold at Great Neck, N.Y., 27 September 1883
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 103 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament one gun
    Propulsion steam, single propeller

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    Blue Light 30k The steam tug USS Blue Light serving with the United States Fish Commission as USFC Blue Light, circa 1873-75.
    Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History web site. US Commission of Fish and Fisheries.
    Robert Hurst

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