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Built, date unknown, as the twin-screw ferry Atalanta by J. & W. Dudgeon, Millwall, London England for the Chatham & Dover Railway Co.
Purchased at Wilmington, N. C. by the Confederate States Navy in 1864
Commissioned CSS Tallahassee, date unknown, CDR. John Taylor Wood, CSN in command
Tallahassee passed through the blockade as a Confederate Navy ship for the first time, 6 August 1864, beginning 19-day raid off the Atlantic coast
Unable to procure enough coal to continue, CDR. Wood was forced to return to Wilmington 26 August
During this short cruise Tallahassee destroyed 26 vessels and captured 7 others which were bonded or released
Renamed CSS Olustee, LT. W. H. Ward, CSN in command, she ran the blockade off Wilmington again, 29 October, capturing and destroying six ships before
returning to Wilmington, 7 November
Olustee's battery was removed and she was renamed CSS Chameleon, date unknown, LT. J. Wilkinson, CSN, in command
Chameleon ran through the blockade, 24 December 1864, and proceeded to Bermuda to obtain provisions for the Confederate army
Finding it impossible to enter a southern port Wilkinson took Chameleon to Liverpool, England, turning her over to CDR. J. D. Bullock, CSN, financial
agent of the Confederate Navy Department
Chameleon arrived at Liverpool, 9 April 1865 and was seized and sold by British authorities
The United States instituted suit for possession and he was awarded to the United States Government and handed over to the consul at Liverpool, 26 April 1866
Sold to a Japanese Shipping company in March 1867, renamed SS Haya Maru
Final Disposition, Haya Maru sank 27 June 1869
Displacement 500 t.
Depth of Hold 14'
Speed 17 kts.
one 32-pdr rifled cannon, forward
one 100-pdr rifled cannon, amidship
0ne 30-pdr heavy Parrot gun, aft
one brass howitzer
two 100 ihp steam engines
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||CSS Tallahassee anchored at Halifax, Nova Scotia, during August 1864, while raiding United States' Atlantic coast shipping.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 92697
CSS Tallahassee / CSS Olustee / CSS Chameleon
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Wikipedia - CSS Tallahassee
CSS Tallahassee The Confederate Naval Historical Society ~ 4 - Newsletter Number Six, February 1991
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