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USS Nereus (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built as a screw steamer at New York in 1863
Purchased by the Navy, 5 October 1863, from William P. Williams
Commissioned, USS Nereus, 19 April 1864, at New York Navy Yard, CDR. J. C. Howell in command
Nereus joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads 28 April
She was assigned to the New Inlet station in the blockade of Wilmington, N. C.
Nereus remained on station off Wilmington until getting under way for New York 17 August
Nereus escorted steamer SS North Star to Aspinwall and returned to New York on the 26 August for overdue repairs
She departed New York escorting USS Dictator to Hampton Roads
From Norfolk she towed monitor USS Saugus to Wilmington for the attack on Fort Fisher
Arriving Christmas morning, Nereus joined in the bombardment of the Confederate works in support the unsuccessful amphibious attack
Nereus lingered in the North Carolina sounds until the second successful attack against Fort Fisher 13 January
On 17 January, Nereus got under way towing monitor USS Mahopac to
Nereus, after taking on stores and coal at Beaufort, headed to the Bahamas to cruise near Mayaguana Passage seeking to capture Confederate cruiser
She sailed north 11 April, via Key West. She arrived New York 7 May
Decommissioned at New York, 15 May 1865
Sold at public auction to James Hooper. Redocumented as SS Somerset 28 September 1865, the steamer remained in merchant service until 1881
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,244 t.
Depth of Hold 20'8"
Speed 11 kts
one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
two 12-pdr rifles
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||Watercolor of the steamship SS Somerset by Erik Heyl, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I.
This steamer served as USS Nereus in 1854-1854 and had a long commercial career after the Civil War.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63854 Courtesy of Erik Heyl
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USS Nereus (I)
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