CSS Shenandoah

CSS Shenandoah

Builder: Alexander Stephen & Sons, River Clyde, Scotland
Laid down:
Launched: August 17, 1863
Acquired: 1863
Recommissioned: October 19, 1864
Decommissioned: November 6, 1865
Surrendered to British authorities at Liverpool. Turned over to the U.S. Consul, Thomas Haines Dudley. Sold at auction in April, 1866 for £17,000. *approx. ($85,000. in 1866) to the Sultan of Zanzibar.

General Characteristics
Type: Extreme clipper hull
Area of Operation: Roaming
Displacement: 1160 tons
Length: 230 ft (70 m)
Beam: 32.5 ft (9.9 m)
Draft: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
Propulsion: 14 foot diameter bronze propellor 200 HP A. & J. Inglis steam engine
8 knots (15 km/h) under steam
16 knots (30 km/h) under sail

Complement: 109 officers and men
4 × 8 in (203 mm) smoothbore cannons,
2 × 12 pounder (5 kg) rifled Whitworth cannons,
2 × 32 pounder (15 kg) cannons


CSS Shenandoah, formerly Sea King, was an iron-framed, teak-planked, full rigged ship, with auxiliary steam power, captained by Commander James Waddell, Confederate States Navy, a North Carolinian with twenty years’ service in the United States Navy.

During 12 1/2 months of 1864-1865 the ship undertook commerce raiding resulting in the capture and sinking or bonding of thirty eight American merchant vessels, mostly New Bedford whaleships. This ship is notable for firing the last shot of the American Civil War, at a whaler in waters off the Aleutian Islands.

List of Commanders/Crew
Lieutenant Commander James I. Waddell, of North Carolina
First Lieutenant and Executive Officer, W. C. Whittle* of Virginia
Lieutenant John Grimball of South Carolina
Lieutenant S. S. Lee* Jr. of Virginia
Lieutenant F. L. Chew of Missouri
Lieutenant Dabney M. Scales of Mississippi
Sailing Master Irvine S. Bulloch of Georgia
Passed Midshipman Orris A. Brown* of Virginia
Passed Midshipman John T. Mason* of Virginia
Surgeon C. E. Lining of South Carolina
Assistant Surgeon F. J. McNulty of District of Columbia
Paymaster W. Breedlove Smith of Louisiana
Chief Engineer M. O`Brien of Louisiana
Assistant Engineer Codd of Maryland
Master`s mate John Minor of Virginia
Master`s Mate Cotton of Maryland
Master`s Mate Hunt of Virginia
Boatswain George Harwood of England
Gunner Guy of England
Carpenter O`Shea of Ireland
Sailmaker Henry Alcott of England

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