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Encyclopedia > USS Housatonic (1861)
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Launched: 20 November 1861
Commissioned: 29 August 1862
Fate: Sunk in battle, 17 February 1864
General Characteristics
Displacement: 1240 tons
Length: 207 feet (63 m)
Beam: 38 feet (11.6 m)
Draught: 8 ft 7 in (2.6 m)
Propulsion: Sail and steam
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h)
Complement: 160 officers and enlisted
Armament: one 100 pounder (45 kg) Parrott rifle, three 30 pounder (14 kg) Parrott rifles, one 11 inch (279 mm) Dahlgren smoothbore, two 32 pounders (15 kg), two 24 pounder (11 kg) howitzers, one 12 pounder (5 kg) howitzer, one 12 pounder (5 kg) rifle

USS Housatonic was a screw sloop-of-war of the United States Navy, named for one of the rivers of New England which rises in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and flows southward into Connecticut before emptying into Long Island Sound a little east of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Image File history File links US_Naval_Jack_36_stars. ... November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... A 200-pound Parrott rifle in Fort Gregg on Morris Island, South Carolina, 1865. ... Loading a WW1 British 15 in (381 mm) howitzer A howitzer or hauwitzer is a type of field artillery. ... USS Constellation, a United States Navy sloop-of-war. ... USN redirects here. ... The states marked in red show New England. ... Berkshire County is a county located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... Nickname: Location in Connecticut Coordinates: Counties Fairfield County Mayor John M. Fabrizi Area    - City 19. ...


Housatonic was launched November 20, 1861, by the Boston Navy yard sponsored by Miss Jane Coffin Colby and Miss Susan Paters Hudson; and commissioned there August 29, 1862 with Commander William Rogers Taylor in command. This article needs to be wikified. ... November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The ceremonies involved in commissioning ships into a military force are based in traditions thousands of years old. ... August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Rear Admiral William Rogers Taylor (7 November 1811 – 14 April 1889) served in the United States Navy during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. ...


Housatonic departed Boston September 11 and arrived Charleston September 19 to join the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She took station outside the bar. On January 29, 1863, her boats, aided by those of Augusta, Blunt, and America, boarded and refloated iron steamer Princess Royal. Unadilla had driven the blockade runner ashore as she attempted to slip into Charleston from England with a cargo consisting of two marine engines destined for Confederate ironclads and a large quantity of ordnance and ammunition. These imports were of such great potential value to the South that they have been called "the war's most important single cargo of contraband." Boston is a town and small port c. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... Nickname: The Holy City, The Palmetto City, Chucktown, Port City, Charlie O C-Port City Motto: Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She cares for her temples, customs, and rights) Location of Charleston in South Carolina. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... The South Atlantic Blockading Squadron was a squadron of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ... The second USS Augusta was a side-wheel steamer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. ... Three United States Navy ships have been named USS America, after America, the large landmass of the Western Hemisphere. ... Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: With God As Our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (popular) The Bonnie Blue Flag (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (February 4, 1861–May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (April 3–April 10, 1865) Largest city New Orleans...


It was possibly in the hope of recovering this invaluable prize that Confederate ironclad rams Chicora and Palmetto State slipped out of the main ship channel of Charleston Harbor to attack the Union blockading fleet in the early morning fog two days later. They rammed Mercedita forcing her to strike her colors "in a sinking and perfectly defenseless condition" and moved on to cripple Keystone State. Gunfire from the rams also damaged Quaker City and Augusta before the Confederate ships withdrew under fire from Housatonic to the protection of shore batteries. CSS Chicora, a Confederate ironclad ram, was built under contract at Charleston, South Carolina in 1862, by James M. Eason to John L. Porters plans, using up most of a $300,000 State appropriation for construction of marine batteries; Eason received a bonus for skill and promptitude. ... CSS Palmetto State, an ironclad ram, was built by Cameron and Co. ... USS Mercedita was a wooden steamer that served in the United States Navy during the U.S. Civil War. ... Striking the colors was and is the universally recognized indication of surrender. ... USS Keystone State was a wooden sidewheel steamer that served in the United States Navy during the U.S. Civil War. ...


On March 19, 1863, Housatonic and Wisahicken responding to signal flares sent up by America chased the 407 ton, iron hulled, blockade running steamer Georgiana ashore on Long Island (present day Isle of Palms), South Carolina. The Georgiana's cargo of munitions, medicines and merchandice was then valued at over $1,000,000. The Georgiana was described in contemprary accounts as more powerful than the Confederate cruisers Alabama and the Oreto (Florida). This was a vserious and very important blow to the Confederacy. Three United States Navy ships have been named USS America, after America, the large landmass of the Western Hemisphere. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ...


Housatonic captured sloop Neptune April 19 as she attempted to run out of Charleston with a cargo of cotton and turpentine. She was credited with assisting in the capture of steamer Seesh May 15. Howitzers mounted in Housatonic's boats joined in the attack on Fort Wagner July 10, which began the continuing bombardment of the Southern works at Charleston. In ensuing months her crew repeatedly manned boats which shelled the shoreline, patrolled close ashore gathering valuable information, and landed troops for raids against the outer defenses of Charleston. April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... Cotton ready for harvest. ... For the band, click Turpentine (band). ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... Loading a WW1 British 15 in (381 mm) howitzer A howitzer or hauwitzer is a type of field artillery. ... The Storming of Fort Wagner Fort Wagner (also called Battery Wagner) was a fortification on Morris Island, South Carolina, that covered the southern approach to Charleston harbor. ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ...


Meanwhile Housatonic vigilantly maintained her station in the blockade outside the bar until just before 9pm, February 17, 1864. Her officer of the deck sighted an object in the water 100 yards off, approaching the ship. "It had the appearance of a plank moving in the water," he later reported. Although the chain was slipped, the engine backed, and all hands were called to quarters, it was too late. Within two minutes of the first sighting, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley rammed her torpedo into Housatonic's starboard side, forward of the mizzenmast, in history's first successful submarine attack on a warship. Before the rapidly sinking ship went down the crew managed to lower two boats which took all the men they could hold; most others saved themselves by climbing into the rigging which remained above water after the stricken ship settled on the bottom. Two officers and three men in Housatonic died; H.L. Hunley was lost with all hands after this action. February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... The CSS Hunley on the pier CSS H.L. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States Navy that demonstrated both the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare. ...


The wreck of Housatonic was larged scrapped in the 1870s-1890s and her location was eventually removed from the charts and lost. Her resting place was discovered by underwater archaeologist, Dr. E. Lee Spence, of the Sea Research Society, in 1979, almost nine years after he first located the wreck of Hunley.


References

This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS for short) is the primary reference work for the basic facts about every ship ever used by the United States Navy. ...


External links

  • history.navy.mil: USS Housatonic

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USS Housatonic (1861) Information (570 words)
USS Housatonic was a screw sloop-of-war of the United States Navy, named for one of the rivers of New England which rises in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and flows southward into Connecticut before emptying into Long Island Sound a little east of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Housatonic was launched November 20, 1861, by the Boston Navy yard sponsored by Miss Jane Coffin Colby and Miss Susan Paters Hudson; and commissioned there August 29, 1862 with Commander William Rogers Taylor in command.
Housatonic captured sloop Neptune April 19 as she attempted to run out of Charleston with a cargo of cotton and turpentine.
USS Housatonic (1861) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (595 words)
USS Housatonic was a screw sloop-of-war of the United States Navy, named for one of the rivers of New England which rises in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and flows southward into Connecticut before emptying into Long Island Sound a little east of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Housatonic was launched November 20, 1861, by the Boston Navy yard sponsored by Miss Jane Coffin Colby and Miss Susan Paters Hudson; and commissioned there August 29, 1862 with Commander William Rogers Taylor in command.
Housatonic captured sloop Neptune April 19 as she attempted to run out of Charleston with a cargo of cotton and turpentine.
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