Re: Steam-powered frigates (Was: The Blockade)
- At 02:08 PM 2/5/04 +0000, carlw4514 wrote:
I think William covers it.
As for Norfolk and Hampton Roads, the blockade was greatly aided by Fort Monroe,
which controlled access and was never really threatened overland.
I'm not sure why Norfolk was considered indefensible in the end, but I believe I am
correct in thinking it was not usable as a port as long as Ft Monroe didn't go Secesh.
-related question: The MERRIMAC was a steam-powered design from the beginning.
Did the US navy own any other similar ships at the outset of the war?
At the outbreak of the war the US Navy had these Screw Frigates in commission: San Jacinto, Merrimack, Wabash, Minnesota, Colorado, Roanoke, & Niagara. Side-wheel frigates were Mississippi, Saranac, Susquehanna & Powhatan. Screw sloops included Civil War notables Hartford and Brooklyn.
Some sailing ships still in commission included Congress and Cumberland, Virginia's victims.
- "In Armageddon's Shadow, The Civil War and Canada's Maritime Provinces", by
Greg Marquis, of St. Mary's University in Halifax, is a good source of
information on blockade running. (ISBN 0-7735-1792-8)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Gorski" <bigg@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 10:18 AM
Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: The Blockade
> > Do you know if there is any record showing if any of the blockade
> > runners were actually owned by "Northern" principals?
> J. J. Chaffey out of New Brunswick, Canada was involved.
> The British firms "Anglo-Confederate Trading Company" and
> "Collie and Company," ran the blockade on a regular basis.
> There were also British citizens who had ships that ran the
> blockade for adventure and profit, including; Joannea Wyllie,
> Johnathan Steele, Augustus Charles Hobart Hampden, and
> an Irishman, William Ryan.
> I am not aware of any specific "Northern" (U. S,) principal
> but I would be very surprised if there were none. The money
> was just too good.
> Regards, Dave Gorski
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