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USS Merrimac (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Laid down, date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased in England for the Confederate government in 1862
Captured by USS Iroquois off the coast of Cape Fear River, N.C., 24 July 1863
Purchased by the Navy from New York Prize Court, 10 March 1864
Commissioned USS Merrimac at New York, 1 May 1864, Acting Master William P. Rogers in command
Merrimac joined the East Gulf Blockading Squadron in June 1864
Captured Cuban sloop Henretta
In February 1864 a Yellow Fever outbreak among Merrimac's crew caused her to sail north to New York to allow her crew to recover
Early in 1865 Merrimac was reassigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron
Merrimac departed New York in February, encountering a series of extremely bad storms
Merrimac was abandoned by her crew, 15 February after its tiller had broken, two boilers given out and the pumps failed to slow the rising water
Displacement 635 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Speed 11.5 kts
two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
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||USS Merrimac in northeastern U.S. or Canadian waters, circa the summer of 1864.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 46242. Courtesy of Mrs. A. Hopkins, 1927.
USS Merrimac (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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