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USS Island Belle
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased, 4 September 1861, at New York from Luther Adams
Fitted out at Washington Navy Yard
Commissioned, USS Island Belle, date unknown
Island Belle sailed 17 September to join the Potomac Flotilla
The steamer served in the Potomac as a tug and a dispatch boat
Island Belle sailed to Hampton Roads, VA., 19 and 23 March 1862 escorting transports carrying troops to Fort Monroe
During April and May Island Belle did reconnaissance work, searching the Virginia rivers between Washington and Richmond for information valuable to Union forces
22 May, Island Belle transferred to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Island Belle was assigned to duty in the James River, 25 May, where the Navy was supporting the left flank of General McClellan's advance up the peninsula toward Richmond
Island Belle served in various capacities including reconnaissance Chickahominy River and other tributaries of the James, as a despatch boat, a coal carrier
and as salvage tug to refloat ships which often ran aground .
On 26 June, Island Belle steamed up the Appomattox River in an attempt to destroy the railroad bridge at Petersburg
Final Disposition, she ran hard aground, 26 June and after strenuous efforts failed to refloat her, she was burned, 28 June 1862, to prevent her falling into Confederate hands
Displacement 123 t.
Depth of Hold 6'7"
one 12-pdr rifle
Propulsion steam, two paddlewheels
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USS Island Belle
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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