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USS James S. Chambers

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built as the three-masted schooner James S. Chambers, date and location unknown
  • Launched date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy at Philadelphia 4 September 1861
  • Commissioned USS James S. Chambers, 16 December 1861, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, LT. Dennis Condry in command
  • James S. Chambers joined the the Gulf Blockading Squadron at Ship Island, MS., 23 January 1862
  • Captured blockade-running schooner Corelia, 23 August 1862 off the coast of Florida
  • Two days later she took Confederate steamer Union attempting to escape with a cargo of 350 bales of cotton.
  • On 4 March 1863 she took Spanish sloop Relampago and chased schooner Ida until she ran aground where she was set on fire
  • On 18 June 1863 James S. Chambers captured schooner Rebekah
  • For most of the next year James S. Chambers was employed on blockade duty stationed at West Pass, St. George's Sound, FL.
  • On 12 May 1864, boats from James S. Chambers and USS Somerset drove off Confederate boat expedition attempting to capture the Union's side-wheel steamer USS Adela
  • In August 1864 yellow fever forced her to return to Philadelphia
  • James S. Chambers rejoined to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron stationed at Bull's Bay, S.C., 1 January 1865
  • Participated in the joint expeditionary force which attacked the rear of Charleston 12 February
  • A fortnight later her boat crews raided and destroyed extensive Confederate salt works and stockpiles at Palmetto Point, S.C.
  • Toward the end of the war James S. Chambers served as a quarantine vessel at Port Royal, S.C.
  • Decommissioned 31 August 1865, at New York, sold at public auction in New York City to Mr. Rhinehart 27 September 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 401 t.
    Length 124'6"
    Beam 29'3"
    Depth of Hold 12'2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 62
    Armament four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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