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USS Nightingale (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built in 1851 by Hanscomb Shipyard in Eliot, Maine, by Samuel Hanscomb, Jr., for Sampson & Tappan's, Boston, MA.
  • Suspected of being a slaver she was taken by USS Saratoga in 1861 near the mouth of the Congo River at Cabinda, Angola
  • Sailed for New York with a prize crew where she was condemned in June 1861
  • Purchased by the US Navy, date unknown
  • Commissioned, USS Nightingale, 18 August 1861, Brevet Master David B. Horne in command
  • Fitted out as a collier and store ship, Nightingale joined the Blockading Squadron at Key West, FL.
  • USS Nightingale was with Union ships USS Preble, USS Richmond, USS Vincennes, and USS Water Witch in the Mississippi River near Head of Passes when Confederate ironclad ram CSS Manassas, accompanied by steamers CSS Ivy and James L. Day, attacked 12 October 1861
    During the action she ran aground, but the Southern ships did not press their advantage and she was refloated a few days later and she sailed to New York with prisoners of war and booty
  • Nightingale returned to the Gulf late in the year with a cargo of coal and supplies for the Union Blockaders
  • During most of 1862, she served the East Gulf Blockading Squadron operating out of Key West
  • Early in 1863, she became ordnance ship at Pensacola and continued this duty until returning to Boston 9 June 1864
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1864, at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Sold at public auction there 11 February 1865 to D. E. Mayo she returned to merchant service
  • Final Disposition, foundered in the North Atlantic 17 April 1893
    Displacement 1,066 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 36'
    Depth of Hold 19'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 186
    Armament four 32-pdrs

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    Nigntingale 189k Clipper ship Nightingale under full sail.
    Image from "The Clipper Ship Era, An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews, 1843-1869", by Arthur H. Clark, New York and London: G.P. Putnamís Sons, p. 165, 1 January 1910.
    Robert Hurst
    Nigntingale 299k Hooked rug of of the clipper ship Nightingale. Drawn and hooked by Charles Beekman Garretson.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1324
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Nigntingale 345k Clipper ship Nightingale
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44703
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Nigntingale 170k Clipper Ship Nightingale getting under way off the battery New York. 1964, reprint of a 1854 Currier lithograph. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH NH 83185-KN. Courtesy of Captain Glenn Howell, 1974 US Naval History and Heritage Command

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