Old Steam Navy Ship Plans USS CALHOUN
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A 508 ton side wheel steamer built in 1851 as the civilian steamer Cuba, this vessel became a Confederate privateer in May 1861 named Calhoun and took 5 prizes. Later that year
she joined the Confederate navy as a gunboat taking part in lower Mississippi River operations. Captured by the Federals ,she was placed in commission as USS Calhoun in March 1862. Armament was 2 32pdr and 1 30 pdr rifles. Initially serving as a blockader, she captured several vessels off the Mississippi and in inland waters. Starting in November 1862, she engaged Confederate warships and forces ashore. She continued operation in the same areas until February 1864 when she was Admiral Farragut's flagship during bombardment of Fort Powell at Mobile Bay. Decommissioned in May 1864, Calhoun was turned over to the U.S.Army in early June serving as the General Sedgewick until the end of the Civil War.
Sold in 1865, she regained her old name and long served as SS Calhoun.