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USS Commodore McDonough

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, as a sidewheel ferry, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 5 August 1862, at New York
  • Fitted out at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned, USS Commodore McDonough, 24 November 1862, LCDR. G. Bacon in command
  • Commodore McDonough joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron arrived at Port Royal, S.C., 11 December 1862
    Commodore McDonough operated in the harbor at Charleston bombarding the forts protecting the city. She also conducted operations cruising the coastal rivers to bombard shore installations, cover landing of troops, engage Confederate batteries, and perform reconnaissance
    At the close of the war, Commodore McDonough assisted in harbor clearance at Port Royal
  • Final Disposition, foundered, 23 August 1865, while under tow for New York
    Displacement 532 t.
    Length 154' (estimate)
    Beam 32' (estimate)
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 8'6"
    Speed 8 kts
    Complement 75
    one 9" smoothbore
    one 20-pdr rifle
    four 24-pdr smoothbores
    Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels

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    Commodore McDonough 48k USS Commodore McDonough in a harbor, during the Civil War.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 55306
    Robert Hurst

    USS Commodore McDonough
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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