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USS Stettin

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Gunboat:
  • Built in 1861 at Sunderland, England
  • Captured by USS Bienville, 24 May 1862, northeast of Charleston bar while attempting to slip into Charleston with cargo from the Bahamas
  • Condemned by the New York Prize Court
  • Purchased by the United States Navy, 4 September 1862, Acting Master Edward F. Devens, in command
  • Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, off Charleston, S.C.
  • Capture British steamer SS Aries, 28 March 1863, off Bull's Bay, S.C., with a cargo of liquor
  • Seized steamer St. Johns, 18 April 1863, off Cape Romain, S.C.
  • USS Stettin in company with USS Memphis, and USS Ottawa shelled steamer Havelock as the blockade runner raced past them off Charleston, 11 June 1863.
  • Decommissioned, 6 April 1865, at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Sold at public auction there, 22 June 1865, to Richard Baker, Jr.
  • Documented as SS Sheridan, 2 July 1865
  • Final Disposition, lost in 1866
    Displacement 600 t.
    Length 164'
    Beam 28'
    Depth of Hold 16'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 14 kts
    Complement 72
    one 30-pdr Parrott rifle
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    Propulsion steam

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    Vicksburg 82k "Our Prize Fleet, consisting of British Vessels captured while trying to run the Blockade."
    Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1862 volume. It depicts (from left to right) the blockade runners Petrel, Memphis, Elizabeth, Ella Warly, Patras, Alliance, Ann, Stettin, Circassian and Tubal Cain. Three of these vessels, Memphis, Stettin and Circassian later served in the U.S. Navy.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59365.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Stettin 148k "Capture of the Anglo-Confederate steamer Aries off Bull's Bay, near Charleston, S. C., by the United States gunboat Stettin."
    Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)
    Depicts the capture by USS Stettin of the British blockade runner SS Aries, 28 March 1863, off Bull's Bay, S.C., with a cargo of liquor.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Stettin
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