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USS Western World
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1856 as the screw steamer Western World, at Brooklyn, N.Y.
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy, 21 September 1861, at New York City from S. Schuyler
Commissioned USS Western World, 3 January 1862, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Samuel B. Gregory in command
On 2 January 1862 Western World was ordered to Port Royal, S.C., to join the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
On 26 January she participated in a major reconnaissance sweep of the Savannah River, GA., and its tributaries
On 14 February 1862, Western World and USS E. B. Hale drove off four Confederate vessels attempting to break the Union blockade of the Mud and Wright's Rivers
On 10 June she was reassigned to the blockade off Georgetown, S.C.
On 25 June 1862, Western World, SS Andrew, and USS E. B. Hale entered the North Santee River, S.C.,
were parties from the warships set fire to several plantations and took over 400 slaves on board the steamers
During an expedition in Winyah Bay, S.C., Western World captured the British schooner Volante on 2 July
On 25 June, Western World sailed for Port Royal carrying contraband leaving the squadron base for blockade duty off Doboy Sound, GA.
After a period of repair at New York Navy Yard Western World departed New York, 16 February 1863 for duty with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
After additional yard work at Philadelphia Western World departed the yard on 1 April for Yorktown, VA., and blockade duty between the Piankatank River
and Fort Monroe, VA.
On 19 April, she and USS Commodore Morris escorted transport units of the Army of the Potomac up the York as far as the Pamunkey
On 24 April, Western World and USS Samuel Rotan, captured schooners Martha Ann and A. Carson off Horn Harbor, VA.
On 27 April, with USS Crusader she destroyed two abandoned schooners in Milford Haven, VA.
On 1 May, she captured two large sailboats, took two prisoners, and confiscated Confederate coin and currency in Stokes Creek, VA.
On 13 June 1863, Western World proceeded north to search for Confederate commerce raider Tacony
On 23 June 1863, with gunboats USS Commodore Barney, USS Commodore Morris,
USS Morse and transports SS Smith Briggs, and SS Jesup, she escorted and covered a troop landing at White House, VA.
On 1 July 1863, she was deployed and a brief period with the Potomac Flotilla before reentering to the Washington Navy Yard
On 10 November 1864, Western World was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron were she patrolled the Virginia coast between the Nansemond River and Lawn's Creek
On 15 December, she helped to refloat the grounded monitor USS Saugus
On 5 March 1865, Western World arrived in the Rappahannock River to support the Army of the Potomac in operations against Fredericksburg
On 21 March, she sailed for duty in the Potomac Flotilla at St. Inigoes, MD.
On 6 April, Western World was deployed in Virginia's Mobjack Bay
Decommissioned, 26 May 1865, at Washington Navy Yard, and was sold at public auction, 24 June 1865 to H. R. Hazelhurst
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 441 t
Depth of Hold unknown
Speed 5 kts
one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
two 32-pdr Parrott rifles
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USS Western World
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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