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USS Iuka (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Laid down in 1864 as Commodore at Fairhaven, CT.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 8 March 1864, from George Griswold of New York
  • Fitted out for Naval service at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned, USS Iuka, 23 May 1864, Acting Volunteer LT. W. C. Rogers in command
  • Iuka departed the New York Navy Yard, 7 June 1864, for duty with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West
  • For the remainder of the war she performed blockading duties cruising in the Gulf of Mexico
  • In October Iuka escorted a prize steamer from Key West to Boston and then returned to the Gulf
  • On 31 March 1865 she captured the English schooner Comus with a cargo of contraband cotton
  • Decommissioned, 22 June 1865, at Boston
  • Sold at public auction to Arthur Leary 1 August 1865, redocumented SS Andalusia
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 944 t.
    Length 200'
    Beam 51'6"
    Draft 20'
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 116
    Armament
    one 12-pdr Parrott rifle
    one heavy 12-pdr
    one light 12-pdr
    one 24-pdr
    Propulsion
    steam, single screw

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    Iuka 55k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1949, of the sidewheel steamer SS Andalusia painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I. Built as the SS Commodore in 1864, this steamship was USS Iuka during 1864-1865 and was renamed Andalusia upon re-entering commercial service after the Civil War. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63863, Courtesy of Erik Heyl. Robert Hurst

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