CSS Merrimac


CSS Merrimac



Career

Ordered:
Builder:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Fate: Capture by USS Iroquois 24 July 1863

General Characteristics
Type:
Area of Operation:
Displacement:
Length: 230 feet
Beam: 30 feet
Draft: 8 feet 6 inches
Propulsion:
Speed: 16-18 knots
Complement:
Armament:
Armor:

Merrimac was one of the original group of government-owned runners operated by the Ordnance Department, CSA. She was an iron paddle-steamer with two stacks “hinged for lowering,” a short foremast which could be bark-rigged, and was said to have done 18 knots on her trials. Her pair of 9-ft. stroke, oscillating sidewheel engines and 4 boilers were considered “very superior and valuable” until her flues became clogged by burning naval stores in emergencies, as so often happened in this dangerous service. It is said Merrimac was built for opium running on the China coast. By the time of her capture by USS Iroquois 24 July 1863 off Cape Fear she had lost her speed and been sold with her cargo to new owners for $2,200,000 Confederate. She was loaded deeper than prudence directed for running the blockade, with 642 bales of cotton plus turpentine and tobacco.

2.List of Commanders/Crew

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