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USS Cornubia
CS Cornubia

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1858 by Harvey & Coat, Hayle Cornwall for ferry service at St. Ives
  • Launched, February 1858
  • Purchased in November 1861 by Confederate government agents, as blockade runner
  • CS Cornubia ran the Union blockade successfully 22 times before capture in 1862
  • Captured by USS Niphon and USS James Adger off New Inlet, N.C., 8 November 1863 while running the blockade
  • Purchased from the Boston Prize Court in November and commissioned, USS Cornubia 17 March 1864, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant C. F. W. Behm in command
  • Cornubia was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron arriving at New Orleans 8 May 1864
  • She was assigned to patrolling the waters off Mobile and around Pensacola until 12 July
  • Reassigned to blockade duty on the coast of Texas, remaining on this duty until the end of the war
    She salvaged 89 bales of cotton thrown overboard by a blockade runner off Galveston on 20 April 1865
    Captured schooner Chaos with valuable cotton cargo, 21 April 1865
    Boarded the guard boat Le Compt at Galveston, 24 May throwing a 24-pdr. howitzer overboard and seizing small arms and a compass
    On the same day Assisted in the destruction of the steamer Denbigh carrying important mail
    After the evacuation of Galveston on 22 May, Cornubia removed harbor obstructions until 21 July 1865
  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1865, at Philadelphia and sold 25 October 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 589 t.
    Length 210'
    Beam 24'6"
    Depth of Hold 13'3"
    Draft 9'
    Speed 13 kts
    Complement 76
    one 20-pdr rifle
    two 24-pdr smoothbores
    four boilers
    two Harvey steam engines, 230 h.p
    two side wheels

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    Cornubia 134k Advertisement for SS Cornubia (later USS Cornubia, ex-CS Cornubia) from the "Bristol Times and Mirror" - Saturday 25 August 1860. Image courtesy of Andrewrabbott (real name unknown). Robert Hurst

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