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USS Harford

 


The USS Hartford was the flagship of Rear Admiral David G. Farragut in the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864.  This decisive battle secured the South could not win the war. 

USS HARTFORD MODEL
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CSS
Virginia
(Merrimack)


 

The CSS Virginia was constructed from the partly burned U.S. steam frigate Merrimack at Gosport Navy Yard.  She entered dock on 30 May 1861 and left dock and attacked the Federal squadron in Hampton Roads on 8 March 1862, engaged the Monitor on 9 March 1862. When the Navy Yard was evacuated by the Confederate forces, the VIRGINIA was found to be too deep for navigation in the James River and to avoid capture was destroyed by her own crew off Craney Island 11 May 1862. She was raised 30 May 1876 and broken up.  
 
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USS Tecumseh


 


To guard Union shipping against Confederate forces, the Union Army and Navy worked closely together by blocking the channel to prevent Confederate warships from coming down the upper navigable reaches of the James. USS Tecumseh was instrumental during these operations, sinking four hulks and a schooner. Although USS Tecumseh was involved in a number of notable operations along the James River, its most famous battle would be its last--the Battle of Mobile Bay in which she led the van of monitors, which included USS Manhattan, USS Winnebago, and USS Chickasaw.
 

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USS Monitor

 
 

 


The USS Monitor is the predecessor of the modern warship.  Her innovative design and battle with the CSS Virginia are credited with signaling the death knell of the wooden warship.  The naval battles in Hampton Roads, Virginia shocked the world. The Monitor would fight the Virginia to a draw in what would become one of the most celebrated naval battles in history.  
 
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USS
Cairo

 


On 12 December 1862, while engaged in mine clearance activities on the Yazoo River, Mississippi, USS Cairo was sunk by a Confederate mine. Her wreck was recovered in 1965, but was badly damaged during the salvage efforts.  USS Cairo has subsequently been partially restored and is on exhibit at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
 

 USS CAIRO
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CSS Alabama

 

I
n the history of commerce warfare, CSS Alabama was the most successful raider in terms of numbers of vessels prized.  The devastation caused by the CSS Alabama has frequently been cited as one cause of the decline of U.S. international shipping in the latter half of the nineteenth century.  An immediate consequence of their efforts was the 900 percent rise in insurance rates for U.S.-flag ships, and the resulting transfer of some 900 ships to foreign registry. 
 
CSS ALABAMA
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USS
Kearsarge


 


After the war, the USS Kearsarge became an icon of American sea power, and was sent abroad on numerous missions to show the flag.   USS Kearsarge was considered one of the three most important ships in the United States Navy.  
 
USS Kearsarge
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USS Pontoosuc


 


USS Pontoosuc was a double-ender side wheel gunboat which was commissioned in Portland, Maine on May 10th, 1864.  After the war, Pontoosuc returned to Boston where she was decommissioned 5 July 1865 and was sold 3 October 1866.

USS pontoosuc
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Ross Winans

Cigar ship


 


Ross Winans and his sons were engineers and experimenting innovative concepts on ships. The innovative technology attracted Jules Verne's attention.  Some of their innovations were adopted for surface ships in the twentieth century. Many of the pioneer submarines built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century resembled them. Later in the twentieth century, aerodynamicists rediscovered the benefits of the spindle.
 


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CSS
Tennessee

 


 


CSS Tennessee was the  flagship of Admiral Buchanan, and served gallantly in action in the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864. On that morning CSS Tennessee and 3 wooden gunboats steamed into combat against Admiral David G. Farragut's powerful fleet of four ironclad monitors and 14 wooden steamers. Unable to ram the Union ships because of their superior speed, CSS Tennessee delivered a vigorous fire on the Federals at close range. The Confederate gunboats were sunk or dispersed

 
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USS Spuyten Duyvil

("spouting meadow" in Dutch)

 


The Union Navy suffered heavy losses from the explosion of Confederate torpedoes and decided to design and build vessels capable of using this new weapon. Designed by Naval Chief Engineer William W. Wood, the torpedo boat Spuyten Duyvil was constructed in a record three months. It was the first “stealth” ship in U.S. Naval history.  Her state of the art weapons system consisted of spar torpedoes: A mechanical boom with a torpedo attached to the end was extended to the opposing ship and then detonated once the Spuyten Duyvil had backed a safe distance away. While not a submarine, the ironclad would partially submerge by filling lower compartments with water until little but the gunwale showed above the surface. After the war, the Spuyten Duyvil was modified and used in Naval experiments that led to a more modern understanding of torpedo technology.
Art work provided by Joe Hinds who is working with Model Ship Master on a Civil War ship book. Click to commission it.
 

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USS New Ironsides

 


The New Ironsides was the most formidable vessel built by the Union during the Civil War. This large, dangerous warship carried fourteen 11-inch guns and two 8-inch Parrott rifles.  She was hit by enemy fire more frequently than any other vessel in the war but suffered virtually no damages due to her 4.5 inch thick armor plating of forged steel.  New Ironsides' menace came to an end only when the submarine CSS David damaged its hull below the waterline.
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CSS Arkansas



 


On July 15, 1862, the Arkansas steamed down the Yazoo River.  There she fought the Tyler, the Queen of the West, and the Carondelet.  She sank the Carondelet and chased the other two Union vessels down the Mississippi where she then fought her way through the entire Mississippi squadron of ships commanded by Admiral Farragut! Art work provided by Joe Hinds who is working with Model Ship Master on a Civil War ship book.   Click to commission it.
 

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CSS
Manassas


 

 


CSS Manassas was the first ironclad of the Civil War. Originally constructed in Bedford, Massachusetts, as the Enoch Train, a powerful icebreaker, she had been purchased and brought to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was utilized as a tug-boat. After installation of her armor, she was incorporated into the Confederate Navy as the CSS Manassas. The Manassas was the first iron armored vessel to be used offensively against an enemy.  Art work provided by Joe Hinds who is working with Model Ship Master on a Civil War ship book.  Click to commission it.
 
 
CSS Albemarle


 

 

 


The CSS Albemarle was one of the South’s most successful ironclads during the war. The ship was built in North Carolina between 1863 and 1864. The chief constructor on the project was a man named Gilbert Elliot who was only nineteen years old. After the CSS Albemarle was commissioned, she immediately went into combat in April of 1864. From April until the time of her sinking in October, CSS Albemarle was virtually unstoppable. On 19 April 1864, CSS Albemarle attacked U.S. ships off Plymouth, N.C., sinking USS Southfield and driving away USS Miami and two other gunboats. With their waterborne communications broken, the Union forces were forced to surrender Plymouth to the Confederates.
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CSS Neuse

 
 

 


An ironclad ramming vessel, the CSS Neuse was completed in 1864. In 1865, the Neuse was sunk to avoid its imminent capture by Union troops. The gunboat's massive hull, pulled from the river in 1963, is on display along with fascinating artifacts from the wreckage. Click to commission it.
 
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CSS Palmetto State


 

 


CSS Palmetto State was one of the Confederate Navy's few successful efforts against Union blockading forces, she joined her sister ship Chicora in an attack that disabled USS Keystone State and USS Mercedita. Though the blockade was not broken, it was seriously endangered by the two Confederate ironclads, neither of which was much injured in the action.
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CSS Palmetto State
 
Gloire

 


The launch of the Gloire in 1859 was a milestone in the development of warship.  Prior to that time, fighting ships had been made of wood.  The French Gloire was the first of a new breed.  While her hull was made of oak, her sides were fortified with a belt of iron armor plate almost five inches thick.  The vessel's extra armor plate, together with her steam power plant and screw propeller, made her the most advanced man-of-war in the world.  She could steam a respectable 13.5 knots.  Her armament consisted of a single deck of guns of a new 66-pounder design. 
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Robert Fulton's Nautilus submarine

 

 


Robert Fulton designed and built this submarine in 1805 and approached Napoleon Bonaparte for funding. The French agreed; Fulton built the boat, and successfully tested it in Paris on a couple of barges and a schooner. The original submarine worked much like the Hunley and Turtle in that a crew of 3 served as its main means of propulsion. A sail could be raised, lowered and turned on a pivot to aid the boat while on the surface.  Click to commission it.
 
 
CSS Hunley

 


The Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley is credited with the first recorded successful underwater attack, against the USS Housatonic using a torpedo, which was projected from the submarine by a pole. Eight men turned the propeller using a handcrank. Maximum speed was 4 knots. Air was provided by two four-foot pipes, although the hull contained enough air for approximately hour of submerged operations.  Art work provided by Joe Hinds who is working with Model Ship Master on a Civil War ship book   Click to commission it.
 
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CSS David

 


CSS David, a 50-foot steam torpedo boat of "cigar-shaped" hull design, was privately built at Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863. After being taken over by the Confederate States Navy, she made a daring spar torpedo attack on the Federal ironclad New Ironsides on the night of 5 October 1863. The Union ship was damaged and David was nearly lost when the splash from her torpedo's explosion swamped her powerplant.  David attacked the Federal gunboat Memphis in March 1864 and the frigate Wabash on 18 April of that year. As a result of her actions, several similar torpedo boats were begun at Charleston in 1864-65.
Art work provided by Joe Hinds who is working with Model Ship Master on a Civil War ship book. Click to commission it.
 

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Alligator

 

 


Launched in 1862 during the Civil War, Alligator was an the 47-foot long submarine that was primarily intended to counter the threat of the Confederate ironclad, the Virginia.  She was an  engineering marvel that helped usher in a new era in undersea travel. But until recently, little was known about the green, 47-foot-long Union vessel. The Alligator was lost off the North Carolina coast during a storm in 1863. It was never seen again.  
Art work provided by Joe Hinds who is working with Model Ship Master on a Civil War ship book.  Click to commission it.
 

alligator submarine
  
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Notes


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In July 2008, the Civil War Museum in Texas contacted Model Ship Master to purchase two models.  In August the museum commissioned four  more.  Three was successfully delivered in October 2009.   The last, massive model will be done in Summer 2010.

In Jan. 2010, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation started discussing with Model Ship Master for a special order of six ship models (one civil war vessel )for a new museum.

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