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USS Hibiscus (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1864 at Fairhaven, CT. by Samuel H. Pook
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the Navy, 16 November 1864, at New York from Samuel M. Pook
  • Commissioned, USS Hibiscus, 29 December 1864, LT. William L. Martine in command
  • Hibiscus patrolled out of Tampa until the end of July 1865
  • Decommissioned, 19 August 1865, at New York was sold 5 October 1866. re-documented as SS Francis Wright
  • Final Disposition, sunk off New Jersey, 2 April 1873, (See New York Times, 2 May 1873, page 8). The shipwreck known to local divers as the Emerald Wreck
    Displacement 490 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 6'10"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 61
    Armament four 24-pdrs
    two Wright’s segmental engine steam engines, twin screws

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    Hibiscus 120k Civil War era lithograph of USS Hibiscus under way.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 61571.
    Robert Hurst

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