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'''CSS ''RALEIGH'' (1864)'''
 
'''CSS ''RALEIGH'' (1864)'''
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'''Built:''''' ''Wilmington, North Carolina
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'''Commissioned'': '''''30th April, 1864
   
 
'''Service: '''1864, Wilmington
 
'''Service: '''1864, Wilmington
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'''Speed: '''6 Knots.
 
'''Speed: '''6 Knots.
 
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'''Built:''' ''''''Wilmington, North Carolina
 
 
'''Commissioned'': '''''30th April, 1864
 
   
 
'''Crew: '''180
 
'''Crew: '''180
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'''Summary'''
 
'''Summary'''
   
One of the class of similar "Richmond type" Ironclads, designed by [[David Porter]] , ''Raleigh'' was built for the defense of Wilmington, North Carolina, and often retreated to the safety of the Cape Fear River.
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One of the ''Richmond ''class Ironclads, designed by [[David Porter]] , ''Raleigh'' was built for the defense of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the nearby Cape Fear River.
   
 
In May, 1864, ''Raleigh'' emerged from Cape Fear in the company of two steamers and attempted to drive off six Union blockading ships. The engagement did cause damage to the Union vessels, but was largely inconclusive, and ''Raleigh ''retreated for the evening. The next day, she attempted to finish the job but was surprised by the volume of fire and retreated hastily upriver, where she struck a sandbar and broke her back. The ship was written off as a total loss. Her iron plating was later stripped and salvaged.
 
In May, 1864, ''Raleigh'' emerged from Cape Fear in the company of two steamers and attempted to drive off six Union blockading ships. The engagement did cause damage to the Union vessels, but was largely inconclusive, and ''Raleigh ''retreated for the evening. The next day, she attempted to finish the job but was surprised by the volume of fire and retreated hastily upriver, where she struck a sandbar and broke her back. The ship was written off as a total loss. Her iron plating was later stripped and salvaged.
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Latest revision as of 07:32, 30 October 2011


CSS RALEIGH (1864)

Built: Wilmington, North Carolina

Commissioned: 30th April, 1864

Service: 1864, Wilmington

Home Port: Wilmington, North Carolina

Dimensions: 172' 6" Length, 32' Beam, 12' Draft

Armor: 4" iron with wood backing

Armament: 4 x 6.4" Brooke Rifles

Engines: Single Screw

Speed: 6 Knots. '

Crew: 180

Fate: Struck a sandbar and broke her back, 1864.



Summary

One of the Richmond class Ironclads, designed by David Porter , Raleigh was built for the defense of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the nearby Cape Fear River.

In May, 1864, Raleigh emerged from Cape Fear in the company of two steamers and attempted to drive off six Union blockading ships. The engagement did cause damage to the Union vessels, but was largely inconclusive, and Raleigh retreated for the evening. The next day, she attempted to finish the job but was surprised by the volume of fire and retreated hastily upriver, where she struck a sandbar and broke her back. The ship was written off as a total loss. Her iron plating was later stripped and salvaged.