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CSS Curlew


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sidewheel Steamer:
  • Built at Wilmington, Del., in 1856, was a tug
  • Purchased at Norfolk, Va., in 1861 by the Confederate Government
  • Ordered to duty under command of CDR. T. T. Hunter, CSN, in North Carolina waters
  • Curlew participated in the battle of Roanoke Island on 7 February 1862
  • Sunk in shoal water by the Confederates the following day to prevent capture by United States forces
    Specifications:
    Displacement 260 t.
    Length 150'
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 4' 6"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament two guns
    Propulsion steam

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    Severn 18k CSS Curlew put the torch by her crew to prevent Union forces from seizing her, 7 February 1862, at Roanoke Island, N.C.
    Image from the North Carolina Historical Review.
    Tommy Trampp

    CSS Curlew
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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