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Picket Boat Number One


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Civil War Medal

Screw Picket Boat:
  • A steam launch, built in 1864 for use in support of the US Navy's blockade of the Confederacy
  • Outfitted with a spar-torpedo, she could also be employed to attack larger enemy vessels
  • LT. William B. Cushing USN and a crew of 14 men in Picket Boat Number One attacked and sunk Confederate ironclad Albemarle at Plymouth, N.C., the night of 27-28 October 1864
  • LT. Cushing and one other man escaped, Picket Boat Number One was lost
    Specifications:
    Displacement unknown
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 15
    Armament
    one spar torpedo
    one gun
    Propulsion steam

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    Picket Boat Number One 90k Photograph of a general arrangement drawing of a US Navy torpedo boat and its spar torpedo. The original plan appears to be of 19th Century vintage and is drawn on cloth. LT. William B. Cushing used US Navy Picket Boat Number One to sink the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle on the night of 27-28 October 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84468.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Picket Boat Number One 98k General arrangement of a Screw Picket Boat constructed for the Navy Department. The was plan published in "Submarine Warfare, Offensive and Defensive", by LCDR. J.S. Barnes, USN, 1869. The drawing also includes detail drawings of the spar torpedo carried by this boat. This craft is similar to Picket Boat Number One, which was used by LT. William B. Cushing to sink the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle on the night of 27-28 October 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 72999.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Picket Boat Number One 85k Engraved reproduction of a wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1900, of Picket Boat Number One. This craft, armed as a spar-torpedo launch, was used by LT. William B. Cushing to sink the Confederate ironclad ram CSS Albemarle on the night of 27-28 October 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63378.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Picket Boat Number One 202k Artwork by Bacon, published in "Deeds of Valor", Volume II, page 74, by the Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, 1907. It depicts the attack on CSS Albemarle by a torpedo launch commanded by LT.William B. Cushing, USN, at Plymouth, North Carolina, 27 October 1864. The torpedo boat, Picket Boat Number One, is shown crashing over Albemarle's protective log boom to deliver its torpedo against the ironclad's hull.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 79932.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Picket Boat Number One 185k
    CSS Albemarle torpedoed and sunk by LT. William B. Cushing in Picket Boat Number One at Plymouth, N. C., 27 October 1864. Phototype published by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa the later 19th Century. Print from the Skerrett Collection, Bethlehem Steel Company Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57267.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Picket Boat Number One 137k
    Engraving by A. Stachic, published in "Naval Battles of America", by E. Shippen. Depicting the successful spar torpedo attack by LT. William B. Cushing and his crew on the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle, at Plymouth, North Carolina, 27 October 1864.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42220 .
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

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