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Archer


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Fishing Schooner:
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Captured, 24 June 1863, off Portland, Maine, by Tacony under Lt. C. W. Read, CSN
  • U.S. Navy was carrying on an intensive search for Tacony, LT. Read, in order to elude his pursuers transferred his force to Archer and burned Tacony
  • Archer made for Portland, Maine when Read learned the U.S. Revenue Cutter Caleb Cushing was in port
  • On 27 June, Read and his men quietly boarded and seized Caleb Cushing, and locked her crew below in irons
  • Read planned to get the cutter away from Union shore batteries and then return before daylight and set fire to merchant shipping in the harbor
  • Archer and Caleb Gushing were unable to clear the Union forts before daybreak and found it impossible to return to carry out their plan
  • Later the morning of 27 June Caleb Gushing, surrounded by Federal ships, was fired by Read to prevent capture
  • Archer, as well as Read's crew from Caleb Cushing surrendered later in the day Forrest City
    Specifications:
    Displacement 90 t
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 21
    Armament one 12-pdr howitzer
    Propulsion sail

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