Caption: The steamship Marion, seized by the state of South Carolina to be converted into a man-of-war.
Source: Illustration from Harper's Weekly, January 19, 1861, page 40;description below from page 42.
The steamship Marion, 800 tons burden, of the New York and Charleston line, was seized by the State authorities of South Carolina on 10th, to be converted into a vessel of war. She was built here by Jacob Bell, and was launched on February 3, 1851. At the time of her capture she was commanded by Captain Sam Whiting.