USS Port Royal a 1163-ton "double-ender" side
wheel steam gunboat, was built at New York City. Commissioned
in April 1862, she was soon in action against the Confederates
in the Hampton Roads and James River areas, taking part in bombardments
at Sewell's Point on 8 May and Fort Darling on 15 May. In August,
she covered the Army's withdrawal from Harrison's Landing. Later
in 1862, Port Royal operated on the North Carolina Sounds.
The gunboat was next assigned to the Gulf of Mexico blockade,
raiding Apalachicola, Florida, in April and July 1863 and capturing
a sloop in May. In August 1864, Port Royal participated
in operations in Mobile Bay, entering the bay with Farragut's
fleet on the 5th and later assisting in the bombardment and capture
of Fort Morgan. Remaining in the Gulf beyond the end of the Civil
War, USS Port Royal was decommissioned in May 1866 and
sold in October of that year.
This page features the only views we have related to USS Port
Photo #: NH 82580-KN (Color)
Bombardment of Fort Darling, Drewry's Bluff, Virginia,
15 May 1862
Contemporary pencil sketch, with colors of flags and smoke lightly
worked in, depicting the Union ships Galena, Monitor,
Aroostook, Port Royal and Naugatuck (listed
as shown, left to right) bombarding the Confederate fort at Drewry's
Photo #: NH 1998
Bombardment of Fort Darling, Drewry's Bluff, Virginia, 15
Contemporary pencil sketch by F.H. Wilcke, depicting the Union
warships Galena, Monitor, Aroostook, Port
Royal and Naugatuck (listed as shown, left to right),
under the command of Commander John Rodgers, bombarding the Confederate
fort at Drewry's Bluff.
Photo #: NH 83136
"Entrance of Rear Admiral Farragut in to Mobile Bay. August
Chart of the action, prepared by RAdm. D.G. Farragut, Washington,
D.C., March 1st, 1865.
See Photo # NH 83136
(complete caption) for further information, as printed on
the original chart.
Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
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