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Sovereign

 

(SwStr: t. 336)

 

Sovereign, built in 1855 at Shousetown, Pa., performed transport duties in western waters for the Confederacy until 5 June 1862 when she was captured near Island No. 37 in the Mississippi River by a tug under Lt. J. Bishop. A member of her crew loyal to the Union, remained on board after she had been run aground, her machinery set to explode, and abandoned near Memphis. He prevented her destruction and enabled the Federals to seize her for future employment as a storeship for the Mississippi Squadron.