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USS Isonomia

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built, as SS Shamrock, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased at New York from Charles S. Leary 16 July 1864
  • Commissioned USS Isonomia at New York Navy Yard, 16 August 1864, LCDR. E. Simpson in command
  • USS Isonomia joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Beaufort, N.C., off New Inlet. N.C., 23 August 1864
  • Ordered south to Key West, 18 September, with special instructions to cruise in the vicinity of Nassau and the Bahama Banks
  • At Key West she was found unready for sea service and stationed at West Pass, FL. but soon returned to Key West to prepare for cruising in Bahama waters
  • At the end of January 1865 Isonomia was returned to coastal blockade duty off western Florida and continued this duty until the end of the war
  • Isonomia captured British bark George Douthwaite attempting to slip into the Warrior River with a cargo of contraband from Jamaica
  • Towing USS Somerset, she sailed for New York 9 June 1865
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1865, at New York and sold at public auction to Tabor & Co., 12 July 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 593 t.
    Length 212'
    Beam 30'
    Depth of Hold 9'
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 85
    one 3-pdr Parrott rifle
    two 24-pdr howitzers
    steam, twin sidewheels

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    Isonomia 116k USS Isonomia at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 53280
    Robert Hurst

    USS Isonomia
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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