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Built in 1856 at Keyport, N.J.
Purchased by the US Navy 11 September 1861
Fitted out at Washington Navy Yard
Commissioned USS Ceres in September 1861, Acting Master J. L. Elliott in command
Initially assigned to the Potomac Flotilla
Reassigned, 18 September 1861 to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
USS Ceres operated in the rivers and sounds of Virginia and North Carolina enforcing the blockade of southern ports, an important part of
the Navy's contribution in the Civil War
USS Ceres captured four blockade runners during her service
Participated in the support for Army forces holding or attempting to take coastal positions, as well as providing boats and cover for amphibious operations, raids,
Participated in the capture of Roanoke Island, 7 and 8 February 1862 and the naval engagement off Elizabeth City, capturing CSS Ellis
Captured steamer Wilson, 9 July 1862, while covering the landing of an Army raiding party near Hamilton, N.C.
During 1863 Ceres protected the forces holding such posts as Fort Anderson at New Bern, and the positions near Washington, N.C.
Participated in the series of attacks around Plymouth, N.C., losing two men killed and six wounded when she was taken under heavy fire from Fort Grey, upriver from
Plymouth, 17 April 1864
19 April 1863 Ceres gave warning of the approach of the Confederate ram CSS Albemarle and took part in the first engagement with
the ram which followed
On 5 May, Ceres and her group again engaged Albemarle and two other steamers
Following the sinking of Albemarle by LT. W. B. Cushing, and later salvage, Ceres towed the ram north to Norfolk at the close of the war
Ceres decommissioned, 14 July 1865, at New York and was sold 25 October 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 150 t.
Length 108' 4"
Depth of Hold unknown
Speed 9 kts
one 30-pdr rifle
one 32-pdr smoothbore
Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels
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||"The Battle at New Bern -- Repulse of the Rebels, March 14, 1863."
Line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", 11 April 1863, depicting the action at Fort Anderson, Neuse River, North Carolina. U.S. Navy gunboats
USS Ceres> and
USS Shawsheen are firing from the river at Confederate forces, as Union artillery and infantry move into position on the near shore.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 95121
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 7 January 2017
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