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(Sch: t. 81; l. 72'; b. 20'; dph 6')

Corypheus, a yacht built at Brook Haven, N.Y., in 1859, was seized under orders of Gen. M. Lovell, CSA, outfitted as a gunboat, and operated in Lakes Borgne and Pontchartrain. On 13 May 1862 a cutter from USS Calhoun proceeded to Bayou Bonfuca and cut out the gunboat. Following appraisal, the prize was purchased that month from the Key West prize court for $14,724, and promptly taken into the Union Navy.