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USS Circassian

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • An iron screw steamer built by Robert Hickson, Belfast, Ireland, 350nhp engine by Randolph Elder & Co., Glasgow, Scotland
  • Launched, 18 July 1856
  • Captured, 4 May 1862 by USS Somerset
  • Purchased from the prize court at Key West, FL., 8 November 1862
  • Fitted out at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned USS Circassian, 12 December 1862, Acting Volunteer LT. W. B. Eaton in, command
  • USS Circassian served as supply ship for the East and West Gulf Blockading Squadrons from 17 December 1862 to 11 April 1865
  • During this period Circassian captured two prizes and participated in the search for the Confederate steamer Florida in July 1864
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1865, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Sold 22 June 1865
  • 1874 engines removed and converted to sailing vessel (rigged as a Barque)
  • Final Disposition, wrecked at Bridgehampton, Long Island in 1876, no lives lost <
    Displacement 1,750 t.
    Length 255'
    Beam 39.1'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 18'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    one 100-pdr rifle
    one 24-pdr rifle
    one Randolph Elder & Co., Glasgow, Scotland 360nph steam engine
    single propeller

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    153k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1951 of blockade runner SS Circassian underway.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Catalog # NH 63870 "Early American Steamers, vol. I" by Erik Heyl, 1951., Courtesy of Erik Heyl
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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

    USS Circassian
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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