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Built in 1850 at Brooklyn N.Y. as a sidewheel ferry
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Union Navy, 10 October 1861, at New York
Commissioned USS Whitehall, date unknown, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Francis P. Allen in command
Whitehall was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Port Royal, S.C.
Her unseaworthy condition prevented her completing the voyage south, stopping at Philadelphia and Hampton Roads for emergency repairs
The need for blockading vessels was so acute she and USS Shawsheen-
towed by USS Connecticut-got underway the 12th to join Flag Officer DuPont but worsening conditions forced them to return to Newport
Ordered north, 13 November 1861 to Baltimore for an extensive overhaul
Whitehall was reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in Hampton Roads, 29 November 1861
On 29 December 1861, Whitehall and eight other steamers engaged CSS Sea Bird in Hampton Roads shortly after the Confederate steamer had
captured a water schooner and attacked the Army steamer, Express
On 2 January 1862, Whitehall got underway for Hatteras Inlet, N.C. but immediately became disabled and returned to Hampton Roads
Flag Officer Louis M. Goldsborough, commanding the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, called Whitehall "the worst sea boat of all the ferryboats with
which I have had to do, and certainly the most unfortunate."
A survey of the vessel, 22 February 1862, found both her machinery and hull badly deteriorated
Whitehall saw her final action on 8 and 9 March 1862 against the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia,
On 8 March, federal gunboats, including Whitehall, attempted to draw the Rebel vessel away from Union warships anchored off Newport News.
Failing this, Whitehall engaged Confederate steamers CSS Patrick Henry and CSS Jamestown, inflicting minor damage
During the Monitor-Virginia engagement on 9 March 1862, Whitehall and the rest of the Union fleet abstained from direct battle, preferring to fire
long-range, ineffective shots at Virginia
Whitehall suffered three casualties and had parts of her upperworks burned by Confederate shot during the two days of activity.
Final Disposition, early on the morning of 10 March 1862 at Old Point Comfort, VA., a flash fire swept and totally destroyed Whitehall.
There were no casualties
Displacement 326 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
one 32-pdr Parrot rifle
two 32-pdr smoothbores
Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels
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