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CSS Jamestown

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Brigantine-rigged Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built in 1853 for the Old Dominion Line as the passenger steamer, SS Jamestown at New York, designed and constructed by William H. Webb
  • Seized at Richmond, VA., in 1861 for the Commonwealth of Virginia Navy
  • Commissioned by the Confederate Navy the following July, renamed CSS Thomas Jefferson but was generally referred to as CSS Jamestown, LT J. N. Barney, CSN in command
  • CSS Jamestown participated in the battle of Hampton Roads, 8-9 March 1862 assisting CSS Virginia in attacking USS Congress and USS Cumberland
  • Participated in the capture of three merchant ships in Hampton Roads, 11 April 1862
  • Transported sick and wounded up the James River to Richmond in early May
  • CSS Jamestown was sunk on the James River as an obstruction in the channel at Drewry's Bluff, 15 May 1862
    Displacement 1,300 t.
    Length 250'
    Beam 34'
    Depth of Hold 17'
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament two guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Virginia 41k The ironclad CSS Virginia steams from Gosport Navy Yard with tenders CSS Teaser and CSS Jamestown to engage Union Fleet at Hampton Roads, Virginia, 8 March 1862.
    "Virginia's Debut" by Tom Freeman - Ironclad CSS Virginia 1862 - Civil War Art
    Tommy Trampp
    Jamestown 84k CSS Jamestown capturing merchant vessels in Hampton Roads, 11 April 1862. Line engraving originally published in "Harper's Weekly" in 1862. Robert Hurst
    Richmond 138k CSS Jamestown and CSS Virginia (II) sunk in the James River, near Drewry's Bluff, circa April 1865. Jamestown, whose paddlebox tops are visible in the center, was sunk as an obstruction off Drewry's Bluff,15 May 1862. Virginia (II) was destroyed when the Confederates evacuated Richmond, 3 April 1865. Photographed by Matthew Brady.
    US Library of Congress photo # LC-B8171-3350
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    CSS Jamestown
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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