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USS Mystic
SS Memphis (1858 - 1859)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1853 as Mount Savage at Philadelphia
  • Renamed SS Memphis, date unknown
  • Chartered by the Navy, 13 September 1858, for the Water Witch Affair Expedition to Paraguay 1858-59
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 26 May 1859 and renamed Mystic
  • Commissioned, USS Mystic, 14 June 1859
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Sold in 1865, redocumented as SS General Custer
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament five guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Merchant Service
    64k Steamship SS Mount Savage. A Watercolor by Erik Heyl, prepared for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume III. This steamer was chartered by the Navy in 1858 for the Paraguay expedition, purchased in 1859 and served as USS Mystic until sold in June 1865. She was the civilian steamer SS General Custer in 1865-1868.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 66993. Courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    Robert Hurst
    Sabine (I) 358k Ships of The Paraguay Squadron under way. Ships are from left to right:
    USS Water Witch next the flag-ship
    USS Sabine; next to
    USS Fulton; behind Fulton is
    USS Western Port (later USS Wyandotte); next is
    USS Harriet Lane; behind Harriet Lane is
    USS Supply; and next the bow of
    Artist unknown. Image from Harper's Weekly, New York, 16 October 1858.
    Robert Hurst

    Memphis (I) / Mystic
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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