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USS Miami, 1862-1864

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USS Miami

  • Nation: Union
  • Type: Double-ender Gunboat
  • Displacement: 730 tons
  • Crew: 134
  • Wartime Service Dates: 1862-1865
  • Civil War Armament: 1 x 80 pdr Parrott Rifle, 1 x 9-inch Dahlgren, 4 x 24-pdr guns
  • Notes: Commissioned in January 1862, USS Miami was typical of the "double-ender" gunboats used by the US Navy for the blockade of the Southern coast. The type earned their name due the shape of their hull, which permitted them to travel at equal speeds in forward or reverse. This feature increased their maneuverability, which when coupled with their shallow draft, made them ideal for operating inshore amid the sounds and shoal waters of the Confederacy. Miami spent most of the war stationed in the North Carolina sounds and saw action against the Confederate ironclad Albemarle in April 1864.
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