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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 1861 to 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
    Displacement 734 t.
    Length 233'
    Beam 32'1"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 8'10"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    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
    57k Sketch by Albert R. Waud of "US Steamer Adelaide which plys between Baltimore & Fort Monroe", while under charter to the U.S. Navy, circa 1861.
    Morgan collection of Civil War drawings (Library of Congress) (DLC) 2003691200
    John Spivey

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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