CSS Bat  


Laid down: 1864 Liverpool, England

General Characteristics
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Displacement: 750 tons
Length: 230 feet
Beam: 26 feet
Draft: 7 feet 6 inches
Speed: 16 knots

Bat and her sisters Owl, Stag, and Deer were side-wheelers with long, low, molded steel hulls, schooner-rigged fore and aft, with two funnels. They had twin, 180-nominal h.p., vertical, double-oscillating, Watt engines and capacity for 800 to 850 bales of cotton, plus enough anthracite to return from Nassau, Havana or Bermuda. Bat reached Halifax on her maiden voyage and ran down to the Cape Fear River, attempting entrance the night of 88 October 1864 with a cargo of shoe machinery and 200 tons of coal; she was turned back by blockaders. The morning of the 10th, Captain A. Hora, an “old blockade runner,” tried again and was hit by USS Montgomery. The 30-pounder amputated the leg of seaman Match Madick, an Austrian, who had been captain of the forecastle in the Alabama during her battle with USS Kearsarge; Captain Hora surrendered and called Montgomery’s surgeon but Madick died.  

Bat , a 750-ton (burden) Owl class side-wheel steamship, was built in Liverpool, England, in 1864 for the Confederate States Government. Though maintaining British commercial registry, she was manned by the Confederate Navy with the intent of running badly needed supplies and equipment through the Federal blockade of the Southern coast. On her first such voyage, Bat was captured by USS Montgomery as she attempted to enter the port of Wilmington, North Carolina, on 10 October 1864.  

About a month later, the Navy purchased the former blockade runner, converted her to a gunboat and, in mid-December 1864, placed her in commission as USS Bat . She served off the Atlantic coast and in the Potomac River area during the remaining months of the Civil War. Decommissioned in mid-May 1865, Bat was sold in October of that year to civilian owners. She was employed commercially under the name Teazer until 1872, when she reentered British registry as Miramichi . The steamer operated in Canadian waters for three more decades, and was finally scrapped in about 1902.  

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