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USS Canandaigua (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sacramento-class Screw Sloop-of-War:
  • Built in 1861-62, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Launched, 28 March 1862
  • Commissioned USS Canandaigua, 1 August 1862, CDR. Joseph F. Green in command
  • During the Civil War USS Canandaigua was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
    Captured the sloop, Secesh, 15 May 1863, off Charleston, S.C.
    Destroyed another blockade runner and aided in the capture of two others
    Supported Army operations in and around Charleston harbor between 1863 an 1864
    Rescued 150 crew members of USS Housatonic when she fell victim to the attack of Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley
  • Decommissioned, 8 April 1865, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 22 November 1865, assigned to the European station until February 1869
  • Decommissioned in 1869 at New York Navy Yard for a period of 3 years for repairs
  • Renamed Detroit, 15 May 1869
  • Returned to her original name, 10 August 1869
  • Recommissioned in 1872 and assigned to the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico as part of the North Atlantic Station
  • Decommissioned and placed in ordinary, 8 November 1875, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Final Disposition, broken up in 1884
    Displacement 1,396 t.
    Length 228'
    Beam 38' 5"
    Draft 15'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    two 11" smoothbores
    one 8" smoothbore
    three 20-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    State of Georgia 149k "Landing of General Potter's and Admiral Dahlgren's Troops at Bull's Bay, South Carolina". Line engraving, based on a sketch by John Everding, published in "Harper's Weekly", March 1865, depicting the landings made on 16-17 February 1865. Ships shown include (as identified below the print, from left to right:
    USS State of Georgia,
    USS Pawnee,
    USS Juniata,
    USS Harvest Moon--flagship,
    USS Wando,
    USS Winona,
    USS Shenandoah, and
    USS Canandaigua.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59175
    Robert Hurst
    Glide 113k USS Canandaigua at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Glide 182k Paymaster Charles H. Eldridge entered the service as Assistant Paymaster, 10 July 1861 and was assigned to USS Supply from 1861 to 1862. He was promoted to Paymaster, 6 February 1862. and was re-assigned to USS Canandaigua from 1862 to 1864.
    Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo
    Glide 395k USS Canandaigua crew member Charles Mount. The name of his ship is on his hat. Note the sailor's pocket knife on his belt. He carved his last name into the handle. A Charles Mount enlisted in New York City on Friday the 2nd June, 1864. He was from Ireland. It was very common practice for the recruiters to greet new arrivals from Europe to enlist straight off the boat in the military offering citizenship. A Tax stamp on the reverse of the photo dates it as between August 1864 and August 1866.
    Photo from Flickr.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Canandaigua (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Green, Joseph F.1 August 1862 - ?
    02CDR. Barrett, Edward Gabriel André, USN (Biography)no dates

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