USS Wyandotte

The USS Wyandotte was a former chartered commercial steamer called the Western Port that was later purchased by the Navy and commissioned as the Wyandotte.

In December 1860, Wyandotte entered the drydock at the Pensacola Navy yard to have her bottom scraped. She was refloated 9 January 1861. Three days later, the Pensacola Navy Yard was forced to surrender to Confederate forces massed outside the gates. Her CO, LT Otway H. Berryman, refused to surrender his vessel.

The Wyandotte was assigned to the newly stood up Gulf Blockading Squadron and remained patrolling off Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa Island until her departure in August 1861 for repairs in New York and reassignment to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

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  • Deaths

      Name Rate/Rank Date of Death
    ✚ ⋂Otway Henry BerrymanLieutenant2 April 1861


    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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