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CSS St. Patrick

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Submersible Torpedo Boat:
  • A submersible torpedo boat which could "be sunk and raised as desired"
  • Built privately in 1864 at Mobile, AL., by John P. Halligan
  • Transferred to the Confederate States Army, 24 January 1865, LT. J. T. Walker, CSN in command
  • At Mobile Bay St. Patrick attacked USS Octorara, 28 January 1865, striking the Federal steamer abaft of her wheelhouse with a torpedo that misfired causing no damage
  • St. Patrick evaded Federal artillery and musket fire escaping to the protection of the Confederate batteries at Mobile
    Displacement unknown
    Length 30'
    Beam unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 6
    one torpedo
    Propulsion steam

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    Octorara 184k "Incident on board the Octorara, January 26, 1865".
    Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, February 1865, depicting the attack on USS Octorara by the Confederate torpedo boat CSS St. Patrick, in Mobile Bay, Alabama.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59153
    Robert Hurst

    CSS St. Philip
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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