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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

USS Saranac-- Part 2: First Commander Was Josiah Tattnall

The ship was 215 feet long,  had a 37.4-foot beam and 17 foot draft, crew of 14  (I think this number is too low) and mounted eleven 8-inch guns.  It was named for the Saranac River ib New York which empties into Lake Champlain.  It is also the name of a War of 1812 ship.

Other USS Saranacs:

USS Saranac.  Minelayer built 1899, acquired by U>S> Navy in 1917 and decommissioned 1919.

USCGC Saranac, #52.  Launched 1930 and leased to the Royal Navy in 1941.  Renamed HMS Banff.

AO-74 fleet oiler 1943-1946.The 1848 USS Saranac was a sidewheel styeam sloop of war.  Its first commander was Capt. Josiah Tattnall in 1850 who later served in the Confederate Navy.  he was a vetran of the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War.

--Old B-Runner


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