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USS Honduras

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1861 as the sidewheel steamer Honduras at New York
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 31 July 1863, from Simeon Ackerman
  • Commissioned USS Honduras, 8 September 1863, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Lieutenant T. Stites in command
  • Honduras was assigned as a supply boat and dispatch steamer with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron
  • She captured British blockade-runner Mail in the Gulf of Mexico 15 October 1863
  • Supported a joint operation at the mouth of the Caloosahatchie River, carrying troops to the mouth of the river and disembarked them 4 January 1864
  • Participated in the capture of Tampa, FL. by joint expedition, 4-7 May 1864
  • Honduras, USS Sunflower and USS James L. Davis, carried General Woodbury and his troops to Tampa and provided a naval landing party which joined in the assault
  • During the operation the ships also captured blockade-running sloop Neptune 6 May
  • Provided assistance to USS San Jacinto 4 January 1865, stranded on a reef in the Bahamas
  • Participated in a joint expedition to the mouth of the St. Marks River, Fla., 23 February-7 March 1865
  • Decommissioned, 5 August 1865, at New York
  • Sold 5 September 1865 to W. A. Lightfall and returned to merchant service
  • Final Disposition, stranded off Key West, Fla., in 1870
    Displacement 376 t.
    Length 150'
    Beam 27'
    Depth of Hold 10'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament two 12-pdr rifled
    steam, two sidewheels

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    Honduras 341k USS Honduras at anchor in Key West, 17 January 1865.
    Scott De Wolf Collection. Image from Flickr courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00042290x.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Honduras
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