Navy Yards Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2003) -- USS Vanderbilt (1862-1873) in a period engraving by G. Parsons as published in Harpers Weekly, 1862. This former flagship of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilts North Atlantic Mail Steamship Line was turned over to the U.S. Navy on March 24, 1862 and fitted with a heavy battery of 15 guns. From Nov. 1862 to Jan. 1864, the Vanderbilt sailed from Hampton Roads, Va., in an attempt to intercept the Confederate raider CSS Alabama, then causing havoc amongst the Unions merchant fleet. U.S. Navy graphic.
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