CSS Stonewall


CSS Stonewall


Career
Builder: L’Arman, Bordeaux, France
Laid down: 1863
Launched: 21 June 1864
Acquired: 3 February 1869 by Japan
Commissioned: 25 October 1864
Decommissioned: 28 January 1888
Fate: Scrapped
Notes: Fuel: Coal, 95 tons

General Characteristics
Class and type: Ironclad Ram Warship
Displacement: 1,358 tons
Length: 193.5 ft oa
Beam: 31.5 ft
Draught: 14 ft 3 in (4.3 m)
Propulsion: 1,200 hp (895 kW) double reciprocating engine
Speed: 10.5 knots (15 km/h)
Complement: 135
Armament:
1 × 300 pdr (136 kg) Armstrong
2 × 70 pdr (32 kg) Armstrong

Armor:
124 to 89 mm (waterline)
turrets 124 mm

On January 6, 1865 the vessel took on a Confederate crew at Copenhagen under the command of Captain T. J. Page, CSN[4] and was recommissioned the CSS Stonewall while still at sea.

The arrival of the “formidable” Stonewall in America was dreaded by the Union, and several ships tried to intercept her, among them the USS Kearsarge and the USS Sacramento. The Stonewall sprung a leak, however, after leaving Quiberon, and Captain Page steamed her in to Spain for repairs. In February and March, the USS Niagara and the Sacramento kept watch from a distance as the Sumter lay anchored off Corunna during February 1865. On March 24, the Stonewall steamed out to sea, while Captain Page challenged the U.S. Navy vessels, which turned and fled, fearful to engage in the attack. Finding that the enemy had run, Captain Page steamed for Lisbon, with the intent to cross the Atlantic Ocean from there and attack at Port Royal, the base of Major General Sherman’s attack on South Carolina.

The Stonewall reached Nassau on May 6, and then sailed on to Havana, Cuba, where Captain Page learned of the war’s end. There he decided to turn her over to the Spanish Captain General of Cuba for the sum of $16,000.[6] The vessel was then turned over to United States authorities in return for reimbursement of the same amount.[7] She was temporarily de-commissioned, stationed at a U.S. Navy dock, until she was offered for sale to the Japanese government of the Tokugawa shogunate.

2.List of Commanders/Crew

3.Painting Information

4.Books/Articles and other resources

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