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Civil War Medal

  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • A British blockade-running schooner captured by USS Kensington and USS Rachel Seaman at Sabine, TX., on 25 September 1862
  • Purchased by the Navy from the Key West prize court, Key West, FL., 30 September 1862
  • Velocity (may have also been known as Fairy) joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron with the blockade off Sabine Pass
  • On 25 November, she assisted Kensington, Rachel Seaman, and another prize vessel, Dan, in the capture of the British schooner Maria and the Confederate schooner Course
  • On 21 January 1863, Velocity was taken by Confederate forces along with USS Morning Light at Sabine Pass
  • She is believed to have continued to serve as a Confederate gunboat,
    One of her guns was recognized by Union naval officers when captured two years later in the fast Confederate privateer schooner Anna Dale (q.v.) by USS Pinola, 19 February 1865, in Pass Cavallo, TX.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 87 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament two 12-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion Sail

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