|USS Corwin (1849)|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Out of service:||1865|
|Fate:||Returned to the U.S. Treasury Department after the war’s end|
|Displacement:||330 long tons (340 t)|
Steam engine |
|Armament:||2 × 32-pounder guns, 2 × 12-pounder guns|
USS Corwin (1849) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.
Corwin was a side wheel gunboat, wooden steamer built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1849 for the U.S. Coast Survey, transferred to the U.S. Revenue Service in April 1861. Transferred to the Navy Department for special service in September 1861, under command of Lieutenant Thomas S. Phelps.
Assigned to the North Atlantic BlockadeEdit
The 330 long tons (340 t) vessel was armed with two medium 32-pounders and two 12-pounder guns. She surveyed the coast of North Carolina. For example, On 14 November 1861, the Corwin, a side-wheel gunboat, wooden steamer revenue cutter, repulsed the CSS Curlew in Hatteras Inlet, an estuary in North Carolina. On 1 April 1862, she joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron for duty in Hampton Roads and adjacent waters. On 13 July, she was detached and ordered to the Potomac River for survey work.
Post-war return of the vessel to the Coast SurveyEdit
She was returned to the U.S. Coast Survey, Treasury Department, after the war.
- ↑ "U.S. Coast Guard Cutter History". http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Corwin1861.asp. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- Coast guard page on Corwin
- A RECONNOISSANCE UP THE MATTAPONY; VOYAGE OF THE COAST-SURVEY SCHOONER CORWIN --UNION REFUGEES FROM NORTH CAROLINA. New York Times 17 May 1862
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