CSS Deer


CSS Deer


 

Career
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Laid down: Liverpool, England
Launched: November 1864
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Fate:

General Characteristics
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Displacement:
Length: 238 feet
Beam: 26 feet 2inches
Draft: 7 feet 6 inches
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Deer was the last ship of the first class of steel blockade runners procured for Secretary of the Navy Mallory by Cdr. James D. Bulloch, CSN, in United Kingdom shipyards. Deer carried a particularly sensitive Navy cargo on her maiden voyage out of Liverpool, early in November 1864: “goods *** almost exclusively for submarine defense,” consigned to Cdr. Hunter Davidson, CSN, the torpedo (mine) specialist, and an “Ebonite machine” for Cdr. Matthew F. Maury. Deer was not so lucky her second trip. Running into Charleston with a valuable load of copper and arms on 18 February 1865, her lookout failed to spot a trio of monitors, USS Canonicus, Catskill and Monadnock, lying across the channel entrance; the fast Deer submitted to the ultimate humiliation of surrendering to slow “cheeseboxes on rafts.”

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