Continued from August 15, 2016.
On 30 December 1861, boats from the USS Santee chased the Confederate schooner Garonne for 5-6 miles and captured it. The Santee's commander, Captain eagle turned this ship into a lighter.
In January 1862, the Gulf Blockading Squadron was divided into two parts, East and West Gulf blockading squadrons and the Santee was assigned to Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron where it continued to blockade the Texas coast, primarily off Galveston, until summer.
Scurvy hit the Santee's crew and many of their enlistments were expiring the next month so the ship was sent north, arriving in Boston 22 August 1862 where it was decommissioned 4 September.
But the Ship's Service Wasn't Yet Over. --Old B-Runner