It may come as a surprise to some Civil War naval aficionados that there was a ship serving on the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron as famous as Monitor, Hartford, or Alabama. The schooner USS America should be added to that list. The America was small by nineteenth century warship standards. She did not possess iron plates or a steam boiler. No well known officer ever controlled her helm. Nonetheless, her name is legendary to people who compete in sailing regattas.