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Achilles (1869)

Casco Class Light-draft Monitor:
  • Laid down, date unknown, by J.S. Underbill Greenpoint Long Island, N. Y.
  • Launched, 21 March 1865
  • Completed, 4 June 1865, at New York Iron Shipyard, New York, N.Y.
  • Modoc was never commissioned and saw no service
  • Renamed Achilles, 15 June 1869, then back to Modoc, 10 August 1869
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in August 1875
    Displacement 1,175 t.
    Length 225'
    Beam 45'
    Depth of Hold 9' 1"
    Draft 6' 4"
    Speed 5.7 kts.
    Complement 60
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore gun
    Propulsion steam

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    Modoc 125k The light draft river monitor Modoc just prior to launching, at the J.S. Underbill Shipyard, Greenpoint, Long Island, New York, 21 March 1865. Photographed by J.H. Beal & Company, New York. Note the extremely shallow hull of this "light draft" Casco class monitor, with propeller blades extending above the deck level.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 74243. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Wood Collection, 1971.
    Robert Hurst
    Casco 167k Plan of the spar torpedo arrangement and platform designed for installation on the;
    USS Casco
    USS Chimo
    USS Napa
    USS Naubuc and
    USS Modoc, circa 1864. The original drawing is in the records of the Bureau of Ships at the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 55203.
    Robert Hurst

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