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USS Preston

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Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer
  • Annie. a twin screw British blockade runner, carrying a contraband cargo was captured off New Inlet, N.C., by USS Wilderness and USS Niphon, 31 October 1864
  • Purchased by the Navy from the New York Prize Court in December 1864
  • Renamed Preston, 2 February 1865
  • Commissioned USS Preston, 6 February 1865, Acting Volunteer LT. J. R. Wheeler in command
  • USS Preston was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, departing New York, 16 February 1865
  • Arrived on station at New Orleans, 9 March
  • Preston operated along the coast of Texas until ordered to Philadelphia, PA.
  • Decommissioned, 8 August 1865, at Philadelphia
  • The decommissioned Preston was sent to New York to be sold at public auction on 30 November 1865
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 230 t.
    Length 160'
    Beam 12'
    Depth of Hull 13'1"
    Draft 6'6"
    Speed 13 kts
    Complement 15
    one 12-pdr
    two steam engines
    two screws

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    351k "Capture of Blockade Runner Annie October 31, 1864.-Sketch by Charles F. Ellmore."
    From left to right: USS Howquah; USS Alabama launch; USS Wilderness; USS Nipon; blockade runner Annie; USS Kansas; USS Alabama.
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    John Spivey

    USS Preston
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