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USS Proteus (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built as the wooden screw steamer Proteus date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased, 5 October 1863, by the Navy from William P. Williams, at New York
Commissioned USS Proteus, 10 March 1864, CDR. Robert W. Shufeldt in command
Proteus joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Key West, FL., 22 April 1863
14 May she got underway for Cuba, where she watched for blockade runners bound for Wilmington from the Windwards
24 May, she headed for the Bahama Banks to intercept traffic from Nassau
9 June Proteus took the British schooner R. S. Hood
27 June, she took Jupiter out of London
In early September she captured Ann Louisa out of Havana
27 February 1865 Proteus took the steamer Ruby out of Havana
4 March Proteus arrived off the St. Marks River, Fla., to support Union forces marching on Tallahassee
Decommissioned, at New York, date unknown
Sold at public auction in New York, 12 July 1865, to Hooper and Co., redocumented as the steamer SS Carroll
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,244 t.
Depth of Hold 20'8"
Speed 11 kts
one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
two 12-pdr rifles
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||Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1950, of the steamer SS Carroll (ex-USS Proteus painted for use in his book
"Early American Steamers", Volume I. This steamer served as USS Proteus in 1864-1865.
US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 63869. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
USS Proteus (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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