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USS Frolic
ex-USS Advance
ex-CSS Advance

Side-Paddle Steamer:

  • The second Frolic was built in 1862 as Lord Clyde by Caird and Company, Greenock, Scotland for the Dublin and Glasgow Sailing and Steam Packet Company
  • Launched 24 October 1863
  • Purchased by the State of North Carolina in 1863
  • Commissioned CSS Advance 28 October 1864
  • Captured 10 September 1864
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Advance 28 October 1864
  • Renamed Frolic 22 June 1865
  • Decommissioned 16 March 1865
  • Recommissioned 12 June 1865
  • Decommissioned 8 May 1869
  • Recommissioned 24 September 1869
  • Decommissioned 11 November 1869
  • Recommissioned 18 January 1872
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1874
  • Recommissioned 18 August 1875
  • Decommissioned for the last time 31 October 1877
  • Sold 1 October 1883
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 880 t.
  • Length 230'
  • Beam 26'
  • Draft 11' 8"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 107
  • Armament: Four 24 pounder Howitzer smooth bore and one 20 pounder rifled Howitzer
  • Propulsion: Steam, side wheeler.
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    Size Image Description Source
    SS Lord Clyde
    Frolic 81k Photo from the U.S. Navy Art Collection Joe Radigan
    CSS Advance
    Frolic 134k At Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, in 1863. She is flying the Confederate First National Flag aft
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53958
    Robert Hurst
    USS Frolic
    Frolic 172k At Naples, Italy, circa 1865-1869
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53957
    Robert Hurst
    Frolic 113k c. 1867
    Leaving Naples, Italy
    Courtesy of RADM A. Farenholt, MC, USN, Ret.
    Darryl Baker

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