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USS Clara Dolsen (1862)
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Laid down: date unknown
Launched: date unknown
In service: 1862
Out of service: 1864
Struck: 1864 (est.)
Captured: by Union Navy forces
14 June 1862
Fate: returned to owner, May 1864
General characteristics
Displacement: 939 tons
Length: 268 ft (82 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draught: 8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
Complement: not known
Armament: one 32-pounder gun

USS Clara Dolsen (1862) was a large steamer captured by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She served the Union Navy in river operations and as an "receiving ship" auxiliary.

Clara Dolsen captured and placed into Union Navy serviceEdit

Clara Dolsen, a side-wheel steamer, was captured 14 June 1862 by the gunboat USS Mound City and the tug USS Spitfire on the White River during the St. Charles expedition.

Participating in attempt to recapture Henderson, KentuckyEdit

After taking part in the joint Army-Navy expedition to recapture Henderson, Kentucky, (19–24 July 1862), she served as a receiving ship at Cairo, Illinois, until April 1864.

Returned to owner in response to lawsuitEdit

Since she had not been libeled as a prize, her owners brought suit for her return. The final adjudication restored Clara Dolsen to her owners, and she was turned over to the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois in May 1864, for delivery to her owners.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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