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USS Hornet (V)
USS Lady Sterling (1864)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built in 1864 at Blackwell, England, as the Confederate blockade runner Lady Sterling
Taken prize and set afire off Wilmington, N.C., by USS Eolus and USS Calypso of the Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 28 October 1864
Sold by the New York Prize Court to the Navy
Commissioned, USS Lady Sterling, 24 April 1865, Acting Master Joseph Avant in command
Renamed USS Hornet 17 June, 1865.
During the Civil War USS Hornet
Carried President Andrew Johnson, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, and their party to Point Lookout 22 to 24 July 1865
Escorted the captured Confederate ram CSS Stonewall from Havana to Washington
Transported troops from Norfolk to New York
Decommissioned, 15 December 1865, at Philadelphia
Sold for mercantile service, 25 June 1869
As a merchant ship Hornet active in supporting insurrections in Haiti and Cuba
Taken into Spanish service in 1872 and renamed Marco Aurelia
Final Disposition, broken up circa 1894
Displacement 835 t.
Beam 26' 6"
Draft 13' 3"
Armament eight guns
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Hornet - A large, strong wasp whose sting is severe (NS020869a). Hornets are the largest of the eusocial wasps, and are similar in appearance to their
close relatives yellowjackets (wasps native to North America—e.g., baldfaced hornets—are commonly refered to as hornets but are actually yellowjackets). Hornets
aggresively guard their nesting sites when threatened and their stings are more painful and dangerous to humans than typical wasp stings, as their venom contains a
large amount of acetylcholine; moreover, individual hornets can sting repeteadly.
||Watercolor painting by Erik Heyl, 1961, of Confederate blockade runner SS Lady Stirling painted for use in his book Early
American Steamers, Volume IV. Built in England in 1864, this blockade runner was captured 28 October of that year and served as USS Lady Sterling and
USS Hornet from 1865 to 1869. Note that the correct spelling of this ship's name differs from that used by the artist.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 63708. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
||USS Eolus capturing the blockade runner Lady Sterling off Wilmington, North Carolina, 28 October 1864.
Phototype by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, PA., published circa the later 1800s.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 2014.
||USS Hornet photographed by C.W. Yates, at Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1865.
This ship was formerly the blockade runner Lady Sterling, captured off Wilmington in October 1864.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 5119, donation of Ralph Dudley, 1943..
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USS Hornet (V)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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