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Adelaide


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Laid down in 1854 as the sidewheel steamer Adelaide at Greenpoint, Long Island, N.Y., by Lupton and McDermott for Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • Sold while still under construction to Calais, Maine, Steamboat CO. for service as a passenger packet between Boston and New Brunswick, Canada
  • Sold to Baltimore Steam Packet CO. in February 1859 for passenger service between Norfolk and Baltimore
  • Chartered by the US Navy in May 1861to serve as a transport attached to the Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • In the summer of 1861 Adelaide carried Union troops to Hatteras Inlet for combined operations against the forts guarding the entrance to the North Carolina sounds
  • Adelaide was returned to her owners in 1861 resuming service out of Baltimore
  • Rebuilt by William Skinner and Sons in 1871, and turned over to Harlan and Hollingsworth in 1879
  • In 1880 the steamer began operating out of Long Branch, N.J.
  • Final Disposition, on 19 June 1880, Adelaide was rammed by the excursion boat Grand Republic and sank in New York harbor
    Specifications:
    Displacement 734 t.
    Length 233'
    Beam 32'1"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 8'10"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    steam
    two sidewheels

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    Cumberland 93k "Bombardment of Forts Hatteras & Clark, by the U.S. Fleet" "Under the command of Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham, on the 28th and 29th of August 1861" A colored lithograph by J.P. Newell after a drawing by Francis Garland, Seaman in USF Cumberland, published by J.H. Buford, Boston, Massachusetts, 1862. Features identified below the image are (from left to right):
    USS Susquehanna;
    tug Fanny;
    Fort Hatteras;
    USS Harriet Lane;
    Fort Clark;
    USS Cumberland;
    steamer Adelaide;
    USS Minnesota;
    steamer George Peabody;
    USS Wabash;
    USS Pawnee; and
    USS Monticello.
    Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # 66576-KN (Color)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    Adelaide
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