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A logging of and – as I have time – details about the ships of naval importance during the American Civil War.

Chicora

  • One of two ironclads paid for by the ladies of Charleston who donated valuables to help pay for construction (see Palmetto State)
  • Put in action in late 1862 to help break the blockade of Charleston’s waterways
  • Sunk by Confederates in 1864 (? validate) to avoid capture

CSS Alabama [1862-1864]CSS Alabama

  • Built in England for the Confederate States of America in 1862
  • Screw sloop-of-war
  • A commercial raider. Claimed 60 prizes [and $6M]
  • Sunk off the coast of Cherbourg, France by the USS Kearsarge
  • Captained by Raphael Semmes who, along with 41 crew, escaped to England after ships destruction
  • Remains discovered in 1984 by the French Navy mine hunter Circe.

Photo Credit: CSS Alabama (1862-1864) – U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph [#NH85593-KN]

 

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Submarine CSS H. L. Hunley [1863-1864]

  • Submarine built by Horace L HunleyCSS Hunley
  • First submarine to destroy an enemy ship
  • All three crews died aboard although several from the first crew were able to escape.
  • Lost off of Charleston after sinking the USS Housatonic with a spar torpedo
  • Remains discovered in 1995 by NUMA
  • Recovered August 8, 2000

Photo credit: Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley (1863-1864) U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph [#NH999]

 

USS Keokuk

  • Sunk while attacking Charleston, South Carolina

USS Monitor

USS Nahant

  • Participated in the unsuccessful attack on Charleston, South Carolina

Palmetto State

  • One of two ironclads paid for by the ladies of Charleston who donated valuables to help pay for construction (see Chicora)
  • Put in action in late 1862 to help break the blockade of Charleston’s waterways
  • Sunk by Confederates in 1864 (? validate) to avoid capture

USS Passaic

  • Participated in the unsuccessful attack on Charleston, South Carolina

USS Tecumseh [1863-1864]

  • Iron-hulled, single-turret monitor
  • Launched September, 1863, Jersey City, N
  • Lost in the Battle of Mobile Bay after hitting a mine or torped

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