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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1863 as the iron steamer (Gertrude at Greenock, Scotland
Gertrude was captured, 16 April 1863, by USS Vanderbilt off Eleuthera Island
Purchased from the New York Prize Court by the Navy, 4 June 1863
Fitted out at New York Navy Yard
Commissioned USS Gertrude,22 July 1863, at New York Navy Yard, Acting Master Walter K. Cressy in command
USS Gertrude was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and arrived off Mobile in early August
On 16 August Gertrude captured Confederate blockade runner Warrior following a 9-hour chase
After taking her prize to New Orleans, Gertrude was assigned blockade duty off that port
She served as a blockading ship, alternating between New Orleans and Mobile, until May 1864, and was credited with the capture of schooner Ellen,
16 January 1864
In May 1864 Gertrude was assigned to blockade duty off the Texas coast, and spent most of the next year off Galveston were she took Eco, 19 February 1865
Gertrude also captured over 50 bales of cotton, 19 April 1865, which were thrown overboard by Confederate blockade runner Denbigh
during her escape from the blockading fleet
Gertrude was decommissioned, 11 August 1865. at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
Sold 30 November at New York to George Wright
Redocumented as Gussie Telfair in 1866 and sailed as a merchantman until 1878
Final Disposition, ran aground at Coos Bay, OR. in 1878
Displacement 350 t.
Depth of Hold 12'
two 12-pdr rifles
six 24-pdr howitzers
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||SS Gussie Telfair (ex-USS Gertrude) as she appeared shortly before running aground in Coos Bay, Oregon.
The sleek lines and stealthy portholes of the old blockade runner are still visible, despite the conspicuous white superstructures that had been added later for
Photo from Coos County Historical Museum. Image from the following website
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 2 October 2020
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