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Sebago (1862-1867)

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USS Sebago, first of a class of two 1070-ton "double-ender" steam gunboats built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, was commissioned in March 1862. Her first three months of active service were spent in area of Hampton Roads and the nearby York and James Rivers, supporting the General McClellan's unsuccessful campaign to take the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia. Sebago was sent to join the blockade off Charleston, South Carolina, in July 1862, and remained in that vicinity until she was damaged by grounding in June 1863.

Following an overhaul at New York, in December 1863 Sebago was assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She served in the Gulf of Mexico until the end of the Civil War. During the 5 August 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, the gunboat provided support from outside the Bay as Rear Admiral Farragut fought his ships past Fort Morgan to close the South's principal remaining Gulf seaport. After peace was restored, Sebago was decommissioned in July 1865. She was sold in January 1867.

This page features all the views we have of USS Sebago (1862-1867).

Photo #: NH 509

USS Sebago (1862-1867)


Primitive sketch, reproduced as a photograph by T. Lilienthal, New Orleans, circa 1862-65.

Courtesy of the Philibrick Collection, Kittery, Maine.



Photo #: NH 42221

USS Sebago (1862-1867)


Primitive watercolor of Civil War vintage.

Donation of Charles H. Taylor, November 1935.



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