USS Darlington (1862)

USS "Darlington" was a captured Confederate steamer acquired by the Union Navy from the prize court during the American Civil War. She was put into service by the Union Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.

Captured steamer converted to Union Navy use

"Darlington", a Confederate 300 ton steamer, was captured by boats from USS "Pawnee" in Cumberland Sound, Florida, 3 March 1862, with a cargo of army wagons, ammunition, and camp equipment on board.

East Coast operations

She was taken over and, with a crew of 23 and 1 howitzer as armament, USS "Darlington"' was employed by the Union Navy for use in the waters off Fernandina, Florida, and Port Royal, South Carolina, with Acting Master J. W. Godfrey in command.

"Darlington" assisted the boats of the side-wheel steamer USS "Ellen" and the USS "Wabash" in raising the yacht "America" in St. Johns River, Florida, from 18 to 25 March 1862.

Transfer to the Union Army

She was transferred to the Union Army for use as a transport in September 1862.

References

See also

* List of United States Navy ships
* American Civil War
* Union Navy
* Confederate States Navy
* Steamboat
* Schooner

External links

* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/#Anchor-Editoria-14954 Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]


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