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USS Wando (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built as the iron sidewheel steamer blockade runner SS Let Her Rip, at Glasgow, Scotland
  • Purchased by Chicora Import & Export Co. of Charleston, S.C. in May 1864 and renamed SS Wando while at Wilmington, N.C.
  • Captured at sea off Cape Rosmain, N..C., by USS Fort Jackson, 21 October 1864
  • Purchased from the prize court at Boston by the Union Navy, 6 November 1864
  • Commissioned, 22 December 1864, at the Boston Navy Yard, Acting Master Frederick T. King in command
  • During the Civil War USS Wando was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron for duty off Charleston and Georgetown, S.C., February to April 1865
  • Participated in the amphibious operations against the Confederate fort and batteries at Andersonville, Bull's Bay, S.C., 13 to 17 February 1865
  • Decommissioned, 10 August 1865, at New York Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold at public auction, 30 November 1865, to H. Allen
  • Final Disposition, sunk during a storm in February 1872
    Displacement 645 t.
    Length 230'
    Beam 26'
    Depth unknown
    Draft 7'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 20-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 12-pdr
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion steam

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    Wando 60k Watercolor by Erik Heyl of SS Wando, painted for use in his "Early American Steamers" series.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 42049. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    204k Lithograph of the side-wheel blockade runner SS Wando in port, 1864.
    Frank Leslies Illustrated Weekly Newspaper
    Robert Hurst
    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

    USS Wando (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Civil War Talk - Who Needs A Blockade? The Confederacy's May 1861 'No Dolls And Toys' Act
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