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USS Laurel (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Steamer Towboat/Tug:
  • Built in 1862 for the Army at St. Louis as Erebus
  • Launched in 1862
  • Transferred from the War Department to the Navy, 30 August 1862
  • Renamed Laurel, 19 October 1862
  • Laurel operated on the Mississippi for her entire career during the Civil War supporting operations of both the Army and Navy
  • Decommissioned, 12 August 1865, at Mound City,IL.
  • Sold at auction at Mound City, 17 August, to W. P. Halliday, re-documented as Laurel in January 1867
  • Final Disposition, abandoned in 1903
    Displacement 41.35 t.
    Length unknown 60'
    Beam unknown 40'
    Draft 6'
    Depth of Hold 14'
    Speed 12kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    one steam engine; cylinder diameter 18", stroke 20"
    one boiler
    single propeller

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    18k Illustration of USS Laurel underway, date and location unknown Tommy Trampp

    USS Laurel (I)
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