Saturday, March 28, 2015

"CSS Georgia"

"CSS Georgia" was a screw steamer of the Confederate States Navy, acquired in 1863, and captured by the Union Navy in 1864.  The Confederate States Government purchased the above ship at Dumbarton, Scotland in March, 1863.  On April 1, the ship departed Greenock, reputedly bound for the East Indies carrying a crew of fifty who had  shipped for a voyage to Singapore.  The, soon to become a Confederate cruiser, rendevouzed with the steamer "Alar" off Ushant, France, and took on guns, ordnance, and other stores.  On April 9, 1863 the Confederate flag was hoisted and the "CSS Georgia" was placed in commission.  Displacement, 600 tons; Propulsion, steam engine and sails; Armament, 2x100 pdr. cannon, 2x24 pdr. cannon, 1x32 pdr. cannon; Length 272 ft. (65m); Beam, 27 ft. (8.2m); Depth of hold, 13ft. 9 in. (4.19m).   Wikimedia Foundation Inc. -- original artist, James M. Morgan.

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