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NavSource Online: "Old Navy" Ship Photo Archive
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Built, date unknown, as the side-wheel steamer El Paraquay
Commissioned as the privateer , V. H. Ivy, 16 May 1861, at New Orleans, CAPT N. B. Baker in command
Purchased later in the year by the Confederate Navy, renamed CSS Ivy, LT. J. Fry, CSN in command
Ivy participated in the attacks on the Federal blockading squadron at the Head of the Passes in the Mississippi River, 12 October 1861
She remained active in the lower Mississippi until May 1863 when she was destroyed by her officers near Liverpool Landing in the Yazoo River prevent her capture by
Displacement 454 t.
Keel Length 191'
Depth of Hold 9'
Speed 12 kts
Complement 60 (as privateer)
one 8" gun
one 32-pdr rifle
two 24-pdr brass howitzers
side paddle wheels
one vertical condensing beam engine; cylinders, 44” diameter, 11’ stroke
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||Illustration of CSS Ivy. Courtesy 290 Foundation
||Line engraving "Cutter of "USS Niagara"
USS Niagara (II) hit by a shell from CSS Ivy, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, 3 November 1861. Published in
"The Soldier in our Civil War, Volume I, page 126".
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 58783
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 19 August 2016
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