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USS Grand Gulf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, date unknown, as SS Onward by Cornelius and Richard Poillon, location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy at New York, 14 September 1863, from her builders
Commissioned, 28 September 1863, at New York, CDR. George Ransom in command
USS Grand Gulf joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron off Wilmington, N.C. , 20 October 1863
Grand Gulf remained on blockade duty off Wilmington with intervals for repair
On 21 November 1863, assisted by Army Transport Fulton, Grand Gulf took blockade runner Banshee
On 6 March 1864, Grand Gulf captured the British steamer Mary Ann
On 6 May, Grand Gulf took the British ship Young Republic
Returning to New York, 4 August 1864, she was ordered out in search of the Confederate raider Tallahassee
Claimed the brig Billow as a prize, 17 August 1864
On 23 September and again on 24 October Grand Gulf departed New York convoying the California steamer Ocean Queen to Aspinwall, Panama
On 15 November, one day out of New York Grand Gulf took into tow the sinking British bark Linden
On 16 November she entered New York Navy Yard for extensive repairs
From 8 to 12 March 1865 towed ironclad Casco from New York to Hampton Roads
Joined the West Gulf Blockading Fleet off Galveston on 4 April 1865 and remained on blockade duty until 25 June
Grand Gulf steamed to New Orleans where she served as a prison ship and site for courts martial until 18 October
Decommissioned 10 November 1865 at New York and was sold 30 November to C. Comstock & Co.
Resold to William F. Feld & Co. of Boston; renamed SS General Grant and put in service for the Merchants of Boston SS. Co. operating between Boston and
Final Disposition, burned and sank at a wharf in New Orleans 19 April 1869
Displacement 1,200 t.
Beam 34' 6"
Depth of Hold 20'6"
Speed 11.5 kts
three 8" guns
steam, single screw
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||Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1951 of SS General Grant, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume I.
Built as the steamship Onward, this ship served as USS Grand Gulf in 1863-1865. She was renamed General Grant after her return to
merchant service in 1865.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63847. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
USS Grand Gulf
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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