CSS Savannah

CSS Savannah

Confederate Ironclad

Builder: H. F. Willink
Laid down:
Launched: February 4, 1863
Commissioned: June 30, 1863
Decommissioned: December 21, 1864
Fate: Burned to prevent capture

General Characteristics
Type: Ironclad Ram
Area of Operation: Flagship of the Savannah Squadron, City of Savannah
Length: 150 ft (46 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed: 6 knots
Complement: 180 officers and men
2 7″ rifled cannons
2 6.4″ rifled cannons


CSS Savannah was a Richmond-class ironclad steam sloop in the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War.

Savannah was built by H. F. Willink for the Confederacy at Savannah, Georgia in 1863. On June 30, 1863 she was transferred to naval forces in the Savannah River under the command of Flag Officer William W. Hunter, CSN. Under Commander Robert F. Pinkney, CSN, she maintained her reputation as the most efficient vessel of the squadron and was kept ready for service. She remained on the river and was burned by the Confederates on December 21, 1864 when the city of Savannah was threatened by the approach of General William T. Sherman, USA.

List of Commanders/Crew
Commander Robert F. Pinkney, CSN

Painting Information

Books/Articles and other resources

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