|USS Connecticut during the Civil War|
Built in 1861 in New York as a civilian vessel named Mississippi, the side-wheel steamer had been purchased by the Union Navy that summer and was commissioned on August 23, 1861, as the USS Connecticut. She mounted five guns and was capable of 10 knots.
The mystery vessel spotted off Jupiter inlet proved to be the schooner Emma. As the Connecticut came alongside the crew of the schooner raised an English flag. And when hailed the Emma’s captain said his vessel was English and that she was bound for St. John in New Brunswick, Canada.
|1862 drawing of Jupiter Inlet and Lighthouse|
|Apalachicola Bay as it appears today|
The capture of the Emma showed that despite the imposition of a blockade of Apalachicola Bay the previous summer, Southern vessels were still making successful runs in and out of that port. They would continue to do so throughout the year 1862.