From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships



A flaming torch.


(ScStr: dp. 850; l. 180'; b. 30'; dr. 11'; a. 1 30-pdr.r., 1 20-pdr. r.)


The second Flambeau was built in 1861 by Lawrence and Foulks, Brooklyn, N.Y.; purchased by the Navy 14 November 1861; and commissioned 27 November 1861, Lieutenant Commander W. G. Temple in command.

Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Flambeau arrived at Nassau, New Providence, 11 December 1861, and for a month patrolled this key base for blockade runners. On 22 January 1862, Flambeau arrived at Port Royal, S.C., from which she was ordered to blockade Stono Inlet, one of the entrances to Charleston Harbor. For the next year, she cruised off Charleston, sharing in the capture of several prizes, and sending a party ashore 28 December to destroy the abandoned fort on Bull's Island. Again in Bull's Bay on 31 January 1863, she sent a foraging party ashore, all of whom were captured. The next day Flambeau sent a rescue party, who lost one man killed and one wounded when attacked by Confederates.

In February 1863, Flambeau delivered stores to ships on the coasts of Florida and Georgia, then returned to duty off Charleston until April. After repairs at Washington, she joined her squadron at New Inlet from May through September, taking schooner Betty Kratzer prize on 23 June. She then served at Fernandina, Fla., where on 28 November she took the schooner John Gilpin prize. She returned to New York where between 10 February 1864 and 2 June she was out of commission for repairs.

Rejoining her squadron 21 June 1864, Flambeau was ordered to Georgetown, S.C., where on 23 June she fired on Confederate cavalry and men at work on two wrecks on the beach, dispersing them. She continued to blockade the Carolina coast, and to carry supplies from the base at Port Royal to the fleet of Charleston through the remainder of the war. She returned to New York Navy Yard 31 May 1865, was decommissioned 7 June 1865, and sold 12 July 1865.

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