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CSS Rappahannock

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Steam Sloop-of-War:
  • Laid down, 24 May 1855 by Money Wigram & Son, Blackwall, London as the Steam Sloop-of War Victor for the British government
  • Launched, 2 November 1855
  • Sold to R. Gordon Coleman as Scylla in November 1863 and resold later in the month to the Confederacy
  • Suspecting she was destined to be a Confederate commerce raider, she was detained by the British government, but successfully escaped from Sheerness, England, 24 November 1861
  • Confederates intended Rappahannock as replacement for CSS Georgia and planned to transfer Georgia's battery to Rappahannock
  • Commissioned a Confederate man-of-war while under way, but while passing out of the Thames Estuary her bearings burned out and she had to be taken across to Calais for repairs
  • At Calais LT. C. M. Fauntleroy, CSN, was placed in command
  • Detained on various pretexts by the French Government, Rappahannock never got to sea and was turned over to the United States at the close of the war
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 857 t.
    Length 200'
    Beam 30'2"
    Depth of Hold 14'6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 11.6 kts
    Complement 100
    one 68-pdr muzzle-loading rifle
    four 32-pdr (25 cwt) muzzle-loading smoothbore guns
    one 7" /110-pdr breech loader
    one 40pdr breech loader
    four 20-pdr breech loaders
    Barque rigged sails
    one 2-cylinder horizontal single-expansion steam engine; 1,166 IHP

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    Rappahannock 31k CSS Rappahannock moored pierside at Calais, France. Tommy Trampp

    CSS Rappahannock
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