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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The USS Wyandank, Aaron Anderson's Ship


From Wikipedia.

Last month I was writing about a black sailor from this ship by the name of Aaron Anderson who received a Medal of Honor for his actions at Mattox Creek, Virginia in March 1865.  I'd never heard of the ship.

USS Wyandank (1847)

Acquired by Navy 12 December 1861.  Out of service circa 1879

132'5" long, 31'5" beam.  Mounted two 12-pdr. guns.

Wooden-hulled, sidewheel ferry boat built in New York City in 1847.  Sometimes documented as the Wyandanck.  Acquired from the Union Ferry Company of New York City.

Used as a store ship for the Potomac Flotilla.


After the war, the ship was stationed in Annapolis, Md., and served into the 1870s as  a floating barracks for the U.S. Marines assigned to the USNA.

Broken up there in 1879.

--Old B-Runner

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