Re: ST. PATTY'S day for the OCTORARA
- Here is some more on the incident
The OCTORARA was an important ship to the US Navy, saw duty
everywhere, including being the 6th in line in going into Mobile Bay
in that August '64 famous battle.... a pretty prime position for a
wooden ship [4 ocean-going Ironclads were first in line]. See:
One thing that is surviving from the ST. PATRICK/OCTORARA incident is
an illustration from "Harper's Weekly." See:
The mysteriousness of the encounter to the public [if not the US Navy]
at the time is revealed by how Harper's describes the incident: "About
2 AM ... a moving object came out of the darkness and appeared
alongside the ... OCTORARA. The captain of the afterguard grabbed it
by the smokestack and tried to hold it fast, meanwhile calling for
ropes. But the pipe was hot and he had to let it go. The nearly
submerged vessel rapidly steamed away."
According to HUNTERS OF THE NIGHT, by R. Thomas Campbell, the ST.
PATRICK is "shrouded in mystery," a very advanced craft, and as I've
mentioned Union intelligence reports to Welles that have survived
indicated a well powered submarine capability along with other
advanced characteristics. These indications are too fantastic, of
course. Apparently the French imagination was quite excited by all
this, LE MONDE publishing several artist's interpretations of Mobile
submarines, all quite beyond reality.
Campbell's book states that the attack occured on the OCTORARA while
it was underway, prompting me to search for any other torpedo incident
that was similar. So far it seems quite unique.
More later, I want to give my 2 cents on why the torpedo did not sink