CSS Chattahoochee

CSS Chattahoochee

Propulsion: twin-screw steam
Area of Operation: Southern Rivers (Florida/Georgia)

Laid down: Saffold, Georgia
Fate: Scuttled to prevent capture

General Characteristics
Length: 150 ft (46 m)
Beam: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Draft: 8 ft (2.4 m)
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 120 officers and crew
4 32-pounder smoothbore cannon
(1) 32-pounder rifled cannon
(1) 9-inch smoothbore cannon

Chattahoochee was plagued by machinery failures, one of which, a boiler explosion which killed 18, occurred on May 27, 1863 as she prepared to sail from her anchorage at Blountstown, Florida, to attempt retaking the Confederate schooner CSS Fashion, captured by the Union. On June 10, 1864 she was moved to Columbus, Georgia, for repairs and installation of engines and a new boiler.

While she was undergoing repairs at Columbus, 11 of her officers and 50 crewmen tried unsuccessfully to capture Adela blockading Apalachicola, Florida. USS Somerset drove off the raiders, capturing much of their equipment.

When the Confederates abandoned the Apalachicola River in December 1864, the Chattahoochee was moved up the Chattahoochee River, and then scuttled near Columbus as Union troops approached the city. The remains of the Chattahoochee were found in the river within the boundaries of Fort Benning in 1963, and raised and placed at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus.

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