By |2018-07-29T14:59:23-04:00January 30th, 2014|Confederate Naval History|

Laid down on the River Clyde in Scotland, CSS Shenandoah was designed as the British troop transport Sea King. Launched from the yard of A. Stephen & Sons on August 17, 1863, the ship possessed iron framing and teak planking. For propulsion, Sea King relied on sails and an auxiliary steam engine. Shortly after it was completed, Confederate agent James [...]

Confederate “David” Torpedo Boat in 1863

By |2018-07-29T14:59:24-04:00January 8th, 2014|Confederate Naval History|

The Union sailors spotted the curious little boat shortly after 9 o’clock, just as it was closing in on the starboard beam of their ship. It came from the east, which confused the men. Either this strange craft was a long way from home or it had come out of Charleston and somehow managed to [...]