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USCS Corwin
USS Corwin (1861 - 1865)
USRC Corwin (1861
USCS Corwin (1849 - 1861)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Gunboat:
  • Built in 1849 at Philadelphia, PA. as a wooden steamer for the Coast Survey
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned into the U.S. Coast Survey, USCS Corwin date unknown
  • Transferred to the U.S. Revenue Service, April 1861, commissioned USRC Corwin
  • Transferred to the Navy Department for special service, September 1861
  • Commissioned USS Corwin, under command of LT. Thomas S. Phelps
  • Corwin surveyed the Coast of North Carolina
  • On 1 April 1862 USS Corwin joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for duty in Hampton Roads and adjacent waters
  • On 13 July 1862 she was detached and ordered to the Potomac River for survey work
  • Corwin repulsed CSS Curlew in Hatteras Inlet 14 November 1861
  • She also rendered effective assistance to the steamer Quinnebaug aground off Beaufort, N.C. 22 July 1865
  • Decommissioned and returned to the U.S. Coast Survey, Treasury Department after the war.
    Displacement 330 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    two medium 32-pdrs
    two 12-pdrs
    steam engine(s)
    two sidewheels

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