|Death: ||Jun. 3, 1879|
San Francisco County
Michael Ahern, Landsman, USN, died Napa Valley Insane Asylum. I Believe remains moved here from Calvary Cemetery.
Pension records show service on board USS Proteus
U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861-1910about Michael Ahern
Name: Michael Ahern
Pension Approval: Approved
File Number: 15603
Certification Number: 6481
Proteus served during the blockade of ports and waterways of the Confederate States of America as a gunship, patrolling primarily the waters off the coast of Florida.
Purchased in New York City in 1863
Proteus, a wooden screw steamer, was purchased from William P. Williams at New York City, on 5 October 1863. she was commissioned on 10 March 1864, with Commander Robert W. Shufeldt in command.
Patrolling the Florida coast
Sailing south from New York City 11 April, Proteus arrived at Key West, Florida on 22 April. On 14 May she got underway for Cuba, where she watched for blockade runners bound for Wilmington, North Carolina from the Windwards. Back at Key West 24 May, she headed for the Bahama Banks to intercept traffic from Nassau, Bahamas. On 9 June she captured the British schooner R. S. Hood, and on 27 June the Jupiter out of London. In early September she captured Ann Louisa out of Havana, Cuba, and on 27 February 1865, the steamer Ruby, also out of Havana.
Supporting Union troops
On 4 March 1865 Proteus arrived off the St. Marks River, Florida, to support Union forces attempting to capture Tallahassee, Florida. Shallow water prevented the naval force from following the troops up the river and without their support the Union Army was forced to fall back. Union troops secured the mouth of the river, however, to prevent Tallahassee's further use as a port by the South.
Proteus returned to Key West on 12 March, and on the 21st headed north to New York City. Arriving there on 12 July 1865, after the war's end, she was sold at public auction to the firm of Hooper and Co.
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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
San Mateo County
Plot: CAL 7 47 47 g2 Calvary Int: #26775
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: May 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89672568