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CSS Baltic (1960 - 1965)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Ironclad Ram:
  • Build in 1860 as sidewheel river tow boat SS Baltic for the Southern Steamship Co.
  • Purchased by the State of Alabama, converted to a an armored ram
  • Turned over to the Confederate Navy in 1863, commissioned CSS Baltic, LT. J. D. Johnston CSN in command
  • During the Civil War CSS Baltic operated in and around Mobile Bay, AL.
  • Reported unfit for service in 1863
  • Dismantled by July 1864, her armor transferred to CSS Nashville
  • Captured, 10 May 1865 by Union forces at Nanna Hubba Bluff, Tombigbee River, AL.
  • Sold, 31 December 1865, 865, to the U.S. Government
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 624 t.
    Length 186'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 6' 5"
    Speed 5 kts
    Complement 86
    two Dahlgren guns
    two 32-pdrs
    two smaller pieces
    Propulsion steam
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    Merchant Service
    Baltic 127k Wood-cut engraving published in "Harper's Weekly" April 1861. Depicting shipment of military stores aboard SS Baltic at New York, 8 April 1861. Tommy Trampp
    CSS Baltic
    Baltic 59k CSS Baltic defending Mobile Bay. Tommy Trampp

    CSS Baltic
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johnston, J. D. CSNno dates
    02LT. Simms, Charles Carroll CSNno dates
    03LT. Huntington, Charles L. USN10 May 1865 - 1 June 1865
    04Act. Master Megathlin, Anthony S. USN 1 June 1865 - 1 July 1865
    05Act. Ensign Vance, Lewis R. USN 1 July 1865 - 31 December 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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