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USS Neptune (I)

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Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built as the wooden hull steamer Neptune, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 17 July 1863, at New York from William P. Williamson, of the Neptune Steamship Co.
  • Delivered to the government at New York Navy Yard 3 September
  • Commissioned, USS Neptune, 19 December 1863
  • Departing New York on 9 January 1864, Neptune joined the West India Squadron and was employed principally in convoying the California steamers through the West Indies.
  • Decommissioned at New York, 31 May 1865
  • Sold at auction at New York 12 July 1865 to John Henderson, redocumented SS Allegany
  • Final Disposition, wrecked in a fog off Long Island, New York, 5 December 1865
    Displacement 1,244 t.
    Length 209'
    Beam 34'6"
    Depth of Hold 20'8"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 173
    one 100-pdr
    two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    eight 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Neptune 76k Watercolor of SS Allegany by Erik Heyl, 1950, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. This steamship served as USS Neptune during 1863-1865 and was lost in December 1865, shortly after entering commercial service under the name Allegany.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63862, Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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