CSS Cornubia

CSS Cornubia


Laid down: Built in Hayle, Cornwall, in 1858

General Characteristics
Area of Operation:
Length: 190 feet
Beam: 24 feet 6 inches
Draft: 9 feet
Propulsion: Iron steamer of 230 horsepower
Speed: 18 knots

Cornubia was a fast, powerful, iron steamer of 230 h.p., long and low, painted white, with two funnels close together. She was built in Hayle, Cornwall, in 1858 for ferry service from there to nearby St. Ives under the house flag of the Hayle Steam Packet Co. The Confederacy bought her in the United Kingdom and she proved a very good investment, bringing 22 vital cargoes through the blockade in 1863. Her 23rd voyage was her last; the blockader USS Niphon gave chase as she sought to run in to Wilmington, forcing Lt. Richard H. Gayle, CSN, to beach his ship 11 miles north of New Inlet; the captain, carpenter and one seaman remained on board while the officers, crew and passengers escaped to shore.

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