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USS Madgie (1858)
Career (US)
Laid down: not known
Launched: 1858
Acquired: 15 October 1861
Commissioned: 15 October 1861
Out of service: (sank) 11 October 1863
Struck: 1863 (est.)
Fate: sank, 1863
General characteristics
Displacement: 220 tons
Length: 122 ft 6 in (37.34 m)
Beam: 22 ft 7 in (6.88 m)
Draught: not known
Propulsion: steam engine, screw
Speed: not known
Complement: not known
Armament: one 8” gun
one 20-pounder gun

USS Madgie (1858) was a steam operated gunboat acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.

Madgie, a wooden screw steamer, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1858 and purchased by the Navy at New York City 15 October 1861 for service in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Acting Master F. B. Meriam in command.

Service with the South Atlantic Blockade[edit | edit source]

After fitting out, Madgie arrived at Port Royal, South Carolina, 19 April 1862 to patrol southern waters, and steamed off Lawford Channel, Georgia, in May.

She sank a vessel carrying 3,000 barrels of rice off Barrett's Island 20 June, and captured schooner Southern Belle the same day. In July, Madgie joined the blockade of St. Simon's, reconnoitering up Ogeechee River with USS Paul Jones, USS Unadilla, and USS Huron the 24th, engaging Confederate batteries at Fort McAllister. In September Madgie was off Sepolo, Georgia, until ordered to Doboy's Island to relieve USS Western World 30 October.

After repairs at Port Royal in March 1863, Madgie spent the year off St. Catherine's Sound, capturing 15 persons from the steamer Ocanee 21 August.

Madgie sinks off Frying Pan Shoals[edit | edit source]

Madgie sank off Frying Pan Shoals 11 October 1863.

References[edit | edit source]

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

See also[edit | edit source]

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