JANUARY 11TH, 1864: The USS Minnesota, Daylight, Aries, Keystone State and Governor Buckingham intercepted the Confederate blockade-runner Ranger, Lt. George W. Gift, CSN, and forced her ashore at the Western Bar of Lockwood's Ferry Inlet, N.C., near Wilmington.
Confederate sharpshooters ashore precluded salvage and since the ship was carry cargo on government account, it was destroyed.
** The USS Aries also investigated a fire observed between Tubb's and Little River Inlets and found the "fine-looking double propeller blockade runner" Vesta beached and in flames. The Vesta had been sighted and chased the night before by the USS Keystone State, Quaker City and Tuscarora.
Two More Blockade-Runners Gone. --Old B-R'er