USS Elk (ex-USS Countess)

The USS Elk (Tinclad No. 47) was a sidewheel steamer purchased 8 December 1863 as the Countess by RADM David D. Porter, renamed Elk 26 January 1864 and commissioned 6 May 1864 after conversion to a gunboat completed.

She served in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron for the remainder of the war until she was decommissioned and sold 24 August 1865 at New Orleans.

  • USS Elk on NavSource
  • Dimensions: Length, 156'; beam, 29'; depth, 3' 10"; tonnage, 162.

    Battery: 2 32-pdrs 42 cwt., 4 24-pdrs smooth bore

    Complement: 12 officers, 63 enlisted (per muster rolls)


      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
    Robert AllenLandsman17 October 186422
    øGeorge CreightonLandsman15 April 186525
    ✚ ⋂James Henry2nd Class Boy7 December 186418
    George Parker-5 July 1865
    James RyanLandsman28 June 1864
    ✚ ⋂Antonio SilvaLandsman22 October 1864


    killed in action
    prisoner of war
    died of disease or injury
    died of yellow fever
    ø died due to vessel loss
    died in ordnance accident
    buried on land in marked grave
    buried/lost at sea
    🎖 Medal of Honor recipient
    transcribed letters of sailor/marine posted

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