CSS Peedee

CSS Peedee

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General Characteristics
Type: Twin Screw
Area of Operation:
Length: 170 ft
Beam: 26 ft
Draft: 10 ft
Speed: 9 knots
Complement: 91 officers and crew
one 7-inch rifle
one 6.4-in rifle
one 9-in smoothbore


A wooden gunboat built at Mars Bluff near Marion Courthouse on the Great Pee Dee River. Designed by Acting Naval Constructor John L. Porter, CSN, in late 1862. Lt. Edward J. Means, CSN, commander of the naval yard, supervised the construction.

One engine came from the Naval Ironworks in Richmond, Va, and the other is rumored to have come through the blockade from Britain.

It was intended to have a battery of four 32-pdr broadside and two 9-in pivots.

Not much is known about the vessel. Reports have it being completed and commissioned April 20, 1864 with Lt. O. F. Johnston, CSN, in command. It was destroyed 110 miles upriver from Georgetown after the evacuation of Charleston on February 18, 1865.

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