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Clara Dolsen (side-wheel steamer)

(SwStr: t. 939; l. 268'; b. 42'; dph. 8'9"; a. 1 32-pdr.)

Former name retained.

Clara Dolsen, a side-wheel steamer, was captured 14 June 1862 by the gunboat Mound City and the tug Spitfire on the White River during the St. Charles expedition.

After taking part in the joint Army-Navy expedition to recapture Henderson, Ky. (19-24 July 1862), she served as a receiving ship at Cairo, III., until April 1864. Since she had not been libeled as a prize, her owners brought suit for her return. The final adjudication restored Clara Dolsen to her owners, and she was turned over to the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois in May 1864, for delivery to her owners.