|USS Sea Bird (1863)|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||12 July 1863|
|Decommissioned:||28 June 1865|
by Union Navy forces, |
13 May 1863
|Fate:||sold, 28 June 1865|
|Length:||59 ft 8 in (18.19 m)|
|Beam:||18 ft 4 in (5.59 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft 12 in (2.13 m)|
|Depth of hold:||7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)|
|Armament:||one 12-pounder howitzer|
She was put into service as a gunboat by the Union Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.
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Sea Bird—a schooner captured by Union side wheel steamer DeSoto on 13 May 1863—was purchased by the Navy on 12 July 1863 from the Key West, Florida, prize court. The ship was soon fitted out at Key West and commissioned there either in late July or in early August, Acting Master Charles P. Clark in command.
Civil War service[edit | edit source]
Assigned to the Gulf of Mexico waters[edit | edit source]
The schooner was ordered to cruise in the Gulf of Mexico seeking blockade runners. On 15 October, she—along with USS Fox and USS Two Sisters—helped USS Honduras pursue British steamer Mail which Honduras caught near St. Petersburg, Florida, after a three-hour chase. The blockade runner had slipped out of Bayport, Florida, laden with cotton and bound for Havana, Cuba.
Florida operations[edit | edit source]
In July 1864, Sea Bird and three other small sailing ships carried Union troops and landed them for a raid on Brookville, Florida. After disembarking the soldiers, Sea Bird and USS Ariel proceeded to Bayport, Florida, where a landing party captured a quantity of cotton and burned the customs house before returning to Anclote Keys. On 21 October, Sea Bird captured British schooner Lucy off Anclote Keys with an assorted cargo.
End-of-war decommissioning and sale[edit | edit source]
After the return of peace, Sea Bird was decommissioned and sold at public auction at Key West to W. F. Pitcher on 28 June 1865.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Blockade runners of the American Civil War
- Blockade mail of the Confederacy
- Union Blockade
- United States Navy
- List of United States Navy ships
References[edit | edit source]
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