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USS Columbia (II)


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Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Captured, 3 August 1862, by USS Santiago de Cuba while running the blockade off the coast of Florida
  • Purchased by the US Navy from the Key West Prize Court, 4 November 1862
  • Fitted out at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Columbia in December 1862, Acting Volunteer LT. J. P. Couthouy in command
  • USS Columbia was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington, N.C.
  • Final Disposition, Ran aground and was wrecked off Masonboro Inlet, 14 January 1863. Forty men of her crew, including her commanding officer, were captured by the Confederates
    Specifications:
    Displacement 503 t.
    Length 168'
    Beam 25'
    Depth of Hold 14'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 100
    Armament
    six 24-pdr smoothbores
    one 30-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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    Columbia 273k Line engraving published in a contemporary magazine, showing blockade runner Columbia being unloaded at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, following her, 3 August 1862, capture by USS Santiago de Cuba. The print features individual views of her cargo of field and naval artillery, Enfield rifle muskets, artillery ammunition and equipment, and of the interior of one of her cabins. This ship served as USS Columbia in 1862-1863.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 85810
    Robert Hurst

    USS Columbia (II)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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