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USS Sea Foam
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, date and location unknown
Launched, date unknown
Purchased by the Navy, 14 September 1861, at New York City
Fitted out as a mortar vessel at the New York Navy Yard
Commissioned USS Sea Foam, 27 January 1862, Acting Master Henry E. Williams in command
Assigned to CDR. David Porter's Mortar Flotilla in support of Flag Officer Farragut's New Orleans campaign
Sea Foam departed New York for Key West, FL., and Ship Island, MS.
She entered the river through Pass a L'Outre on 18 March
On 18 April, Sea Foam and her sister mortar boats began the bombardment on Forts Jackson and St. Philip until Farragut's ships passed the forts on the the night of of 23 and 24
After New Orleans surrendered, Porter took his flotilla to a position off Mobile Bay to await Farragut
On 15 May, Sea Foam and USS Matthew Vassar captured sloops Sarah and New Eagle
Sea Foam returned to the Mississippi to support Farragut's operations against Vicksburg during June and July 1862
During 1863 the brig, badly hampered by yellow fever, remained on the Mississippi supporting the operations of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron
Decommissioned at Boston Navy Yard, 31 May 1864, for repairs and replacement of her worn mortar
Recommissioned, 1 August 1864, Sea Foam was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron serving as a store ship at Port Royal, S.C.
In January 1865, she was reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Decommissioned at Boston, 16 May 1865 and sold at public auction, 12 June 1865, to A. C. DeWells
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 251 t
Depth of Hold 9'3"
one 13" mortar
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Sea foam - Sea foam, is a type of foam created by the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter
derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms. (Wikipedia)
Photo - Sea foam at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, 25 March 2011 by ©Brocken Inaglory
||"Commander Porter's Mortar Flotilla".
Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the mortar schooner flotilla commanded by David Dixon Porter during the April 1862 attack on the
forts below New Orleans.
Vessels shown are (from left to right):
USS Adolph Hugel,
USS William Bacon,
USS Oliver H. Lee,
USS C.P. Williams,
USS Henry Janes,
USS George Mangham,
USS Horace Beals,
USS Sarah Bruen,
USS Samuel Rotan,
USS John Griffith,
USS Rachel Seaman,
USS Maria J. Carlton,
USS Sidney C. Jones,
USS T.A. Ward,
USS Sea Foam,
USS Maria A. Wood,
USS Octorara (Porter's flagship) and
USS Matthew Vassar.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59061
USS Seam Foam
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 2 April 2010
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