USS Hatteras

The USS Hatteras was a sidewheel steamer purchased by the Navy 25 September 1861, outfitted as a warship and commissioned October 1861 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, CDR George F. Emmons commanding. She was attached to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron 26 January 1862.

On 11 January 1863, off Galveston Hatteras engaged a suspected blockade runner flying a Union Jack and claiming to be the ""Her Britannic Majaesty's Ship Petrel". When Hatteras drew closer, the "Petrel" struck her colors and sent up Confederate Stars and Bars and identified herself as the Alabama under the command of Raphael Semmes and immediately opened fire on the Hatteras at close range. Forty-five minutes later, Hatteras was at the bottom of the gulf. Her surviving crew were rescued by the Alabama and taken to Port Royal, Jamaica where they were later paroled and returned to the United States.

When the Brooklyn arrived to investigate the incident the following morning, the Hatteras was found with only her topmasts above the water with her colors still flying.

  • USS Hatteras on Navsource

  • Deaths

      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death Age
    John C. Clary2nd Class Fireman11 January 1863
    William HealeyCoal Heaver11 January 1863
    Nicholas S. Jones1st Class Boy19 June 1862


    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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