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USS Kensington (II)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1858 as the wooden hulled steamer Kensington at Philadelphia by J. W. Lynn
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy at Boston 27 January 1862
Commissioned USS Kensington, 15 February 1862, Acting Master Frederick Crocker in command
USS Kensington departed Boston 24 February, for the Gulf of Mexico stopping at Charleston for repairs before taking up her assignment with the West
Gulf Blockading Squadron at New Orleans on 4 May
Kensington ascended the Mississippi River exchanging cannon fire with Confederate batteries at Ellis Cliffs, MS. while towing two of CDR. David Porter's mortar boats
Kensington remained at Vicksburg with Porter's flotilla issuing water and supplies
In mid-July, the water and supply ship visited blockaders stationed along the Louisiana and Texas coast
24 and 25 September, she joined USS Rachel Seaman and Henry James in bombarding Confederate batteries at Sabine Pass, TX.
In September and October, Kensington captured British blockade running schooners Velocity,
and West Florida,
Confederate schooners Conchita, Dart, and Mary Ann, sloop Eliza and steamer
On 11 November, Kensington captured Confederate schooner Course and British schooner Maria the next day
In June 1863, Kensington set sail for New York for long needed repairs
Reassigned as supply ship to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1 August 1864
In December 1864 and January 1865, Kensington sailed from Boston as a transport to Southern ports
Decommissioned, 5 May 1865, sold at public auction at New York to Brown & Co. 12 July 1865 and redocumented 31 July
Final Disposition, SS Kensington sank after colliding with an unknown sailing vessel at sea 27 January 1871
Displacement 1,053 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Speed 10 kts
one 30-pdr Parrot rifle
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||Water color painting by Erik Heyl. 1951 of SS Kensington for his book "Early American Steamers", vol. I and vol. V.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 63702. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
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USS Kensington (II)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||Acting MASTER Crocker, Frederick||15 February 1862 - ?|
|02||Acting MASTER Rockwell, John E.||1864 - 5 May 1865|
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