USS Dai Ching (1863)
Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1320-0705-6;
USS Dai Ching (1863) was a steamship in the United States Navy. Dai Ching was constructed for the China trade in 1863; purchased by the Navy 21 April 1863; outfitted at New York Navy Yard; and commissioned 11 June 1863, Lieutenant Commander J. C. Chaplin in command. Dai Ching joined in the search for the Confederate privateer Tacony on the northeastern coast between 14 and 20 June 1863. After putting into Norfolk, Virginia for coal and engine repairs, she arrived off Charleston, South Carolina on 23 July and the following day joined other vessels of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in the attack on Fort Wagner. On 25 July and again on 13 - 14 August she participated in assaults on Forts Wagner and Sumter, followed by a series of assaults on the other works in Charleston Harbor between 17 and 22 August. On 14 November she captured the schooner George Chisholm with a cargo of salt off the Santee River in South Carolina.
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