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USS Braziliera

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Built in 1856 as the wooden bark Braziliera, by J. J. Abrahams, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 30 July 1861, at New York
  • Commissioned USS Braziliera, 27 October 1861, at New York, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant C. F. W. Behm in command
  • After commissioning USS Braziliera joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron serving on the blockade off Beaufort, N.C.
  • Damaged, 3 March 1862 when the bark USS Amanda dragged anchor at Hampton Roads, VA., and collided with her
  • After repairs Braziliera reported, 27 June 1862, to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • While with the Squadron she captured four vessels. She also took part in the destruction of saltworks on St. Simon's Sound, GA., and lumberworks on St. Andrew Bay, FL.
  • In May 1864 she assisted in defeating the attack of the CSS North Carolina at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, N. C.
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, at Philadelphia and sold 2 June 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 541 t.
    Length 135'8"
    Beam 28'7"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 10'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament six 32-pdr smoothbores

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    Arthur 197k Preparing Merchant Vessels for the Blockade", Harper's Weekly, September 7, 1861. Merchant ships Arthur, Braziliera (sic Brazelero), Amanda and Gem of the Sea being fitted out for naval service at New York Navy Yard. Tommy Trampp

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