CSS Theodora


CSS Theodora



Career

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Decommissioned:
Fate: Captured on 28 May 1862

General Characteristics
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Area of Operation:
Displacement: 500 tons
Length: 175 feet
Beam:
Draft: 7 feet
Propulsion:
Speed: 16 knots
Complement: 50 Officers and crew
Armament:
Armor:

Originally named Carolina, then Gordon, Theodora, and finally Nassau, intermixing privateering with blockade running and service to the Confederate States as a transport and armed picket ship. She was built at Greenpoint NY in 1852 for service as a coastal packet out of Charleston, occasionally crossing to Havana, Cuba. Upon outbreak of Civil War she was strengthened and refitted as the Gordon under Capt. T. J. Lockwood and placed in commission as a privateer at Charleston on 15 July 1861. Disarmed and operating as a blockade runner under the name of Theodora, she carried Mason and Slidell through the blockade. Theodora was under command of the famous blockade runner Captain Walker when captured on 28 May 1862. A prize crew of 24 officers and men from Victoria found her loaded with Enfield rifles, ammunition, clothing and medicines intended for the Confederate Army.

List of Commanders/Crew
Capt. T. J. Lockwood
Captain Walker

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