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CSS Bombshell

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Civil War Medal

  • Believed to have been an Erie Canal steamer
  • Built, date and location unknown
  • Acquired by the US Army, date unknown
  • Sunk by the Confederate batteries in Albemarle Sound, N.C., 18 April 1864
  • Raised by the Confederate forces and taken into their navy under the command of LT. A. G. Hudgins, CSN
  • Bombshell was recaptured in Albemarle Sound by USS Mattabesett and USS Sassacus, 5 May 1864 and sent to New York
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement unknown
    Length 90'
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 3' 6"
    Speed 13 kts
    Complement unknown
    three howitzers
    one 20-pdr gun
    Propulsion steam

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    Albemarle 143k "Wood versus iron" 19th Century photograph of an artwork by Acting Second Engineer Alexander C. Stuart, USN, 1864. It shows CSS Albemarle engaging several Federal gunboats on Albemarle Sound, North Carolina, 5 May 1864. USS Sassacus is in left center, ramming the Confederate ironclad. Other U.S. Navy ships seen are (from left): USS Commodore Hull, USS Wyalusing and USS Mattabesett. The Confederate transport CSS Bombshell, captured during the action, is in the right background. Albemarle was not significantly damaged during this action, which left Sassacus disabled by a hit in one of her boilers. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 1673. From the collection of Surgeon H.P. Babcock, presented by George R. Babcock, 1938. Robert Hurst
    Bombshell 29k Drawings of CSS Bombshell. The big, dark structure abaft the sidewheels is in the right place for a walking beam, but it's oddly drawn. There's no bridge or wheelhouse visible, but that would commonly be incorporated at the front end of the cabin, maybe raised slightly. In the second drawing it does look like a protective shield and roof for weather. Tommy Trampp

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