CSS Eastport


CSS Eastport


Confederate Ironclad

Career
Ordered:
Builder:
Laid down:
Launched:
Commissioned: 1 October 1862 By US Navy
Decommissioned: 15 April 1864
Fate: Captured by Union while still incomplete 8 Feb 1862

General Characteristics
Type:
Area of Operation: CSN- James River Squadron USN – Mississippi Squadron
Displacement: 700 tons
Length: 280 feet (85 m)
Beam:
Draft: 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed:
Complement:
Armament:
two 12-pounder guns
four 32-pounder guns
two 30-pounder guns

Armor: Iron-plate

USS Eastport (1862) was a steamer captured by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Union Navy as a convoy and patrol vessel on Confederate waterways.

Eastport, a partially completed ironclad, was captured from the Confederates on 7 February 1862 at Cerro Gordo, Tennessee, by the Union gunboats Conestoga, Tyler and Lexington.

Converted at Cairo, Illinois, into an ironclad ram for use by the Union Army, she sailed from that port late in August under the command of Lieutenant Commander S. L. Phelps for duty in the Mississippi River between Island No. 10 and the mouth of the White River, Arkansas. She was back at Cairo, Illinois, for repairs when, on 1 October 1862, Eastport and the other vessels of the Western Flotilla were turned over to the Navy and renamed the Mississippi Squadron.

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