USS A. J. View (1861)

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Name: USS A. J. View
Laid down: Unknown
Launched: Unknown
Acquired: 28 July 1863
In service: circa 28 July 1863
Out of service: 1865 (est.)
Struck: 1865 (est.)
Captured: by Union Navy forces, 28 November 1861
Fate: Unknown; presumed sold
General characteristics
Displacement: Unknown
Length: Unknown
Beam: Unknown
Draft: Unknown
Propulsion: Schooner sail
Speed: Unknown
Complement: Unknown
Armament: Unknown

USS A. J. View (1861) — a Confederate States of America schooner — was captured during the beginning of the American Civil War by the Union Navy.

A. J. View was outfitted as a collier, supplying coal to Union ships with steam engines. Her record of activity is sparse.

Capture by Union forces[edit]

Early in the afternoon of 28 November 1861, while cruising in Mississippi Sound, the Union screw steamer USS R. R. Cuyler, Commander, C. H. B. Caldwell, fell in with and seized A. J. View (along with steamer CSS Henry Lewis) off Pascagoula, Mississippi, as that Biloxi, Mississippi schooner attempted to slip out to sea.

The prize's cargo was unloaded at Ship Island, Mississippi, and the schooner herself may have been used for sometime thereafter by the Gulf Blockading Squadron.[1] [2]

Civil War service[edit]

At some later date, after she had sailed north for adjudication, A. J. View was finally condemned by the admiralty court at New York City and was sold to the Navy on 28 July 1863 — almost two years after she had been captured.

She was used as a coal hulk, but no record of the place or places where she performed this service has been found.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wyllie, 2007 p.477
  2. ^ U.S.Navy, DANFS, Ships Histories, page article

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.