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USS Merrimac (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 635 t.
    Length 230'
    Beam 30'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 8'6"
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement 116
    Armament
    two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    four 24-pdrs
    two 12-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Merrimac 104k 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.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Merrimac (I)
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