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This Month in Naval History
Stettin ScGbt


( ScGbt.: t. 600: 1. 164'0, b. 28', dph. 16'0; dr.
12'0"; cpl. 72; a. 1 30-pdr. P.r., 4 24-pdr how.)

Stettin—an iron-hulled British screw steamer built at Sunderland' England, in 1861—was captured by Union side wheel steamer Bienville On 24 May 1862 northeast of Charleston bar. The blockade runner had been attempting to slip into Charleston with saltpeter, lead, quinine, and assorted cargo from the Bahamas. Condemned by the New York Prize Court, the steamer was purchased by the United States Navy on 4 September, Acting Master Edward F. Devens in command.

Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Stettin arrived at Port Royal, S.C., on 24 November 1862, and soon moved on for blockade duty off Charleston. On 28 March 1863, she captured British steamer Aries off Bull's Bay, S.C., with a cargo of liquor. On 18 April, she seized steamer St. Johns off Cape Romain, S.C. Stettin, Memphis, and Ottawa shelled steamer Havelock as the blockade runner raced past them off Charleston on 11 June. Their guns damaged Havelock so severely that she ran aground on Folly Island where she was seen at daybreak ablaze. She was later reported to be a total wreck.

Late in the Civil War, Stettin steamed north and was decommissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 6 April 1865. She was sold at public auction there on

22 June to Richard Baker, Jr. Documented as Sheridan on 2 July 1865, the steamer was lost in 1866.


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