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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.

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USS New Ironsides


The New Ironsides was the most formidable vessel built by the Union during the Civil War.   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. 

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USS Harford


At the outbreak of the American Civil War, USS Hartford returned home where she acted as flagship of Flag Officer David G. Farragut.  Farragut's mission was to capture New Orleans, the South's richest and most populous city, to begin a drive of sea-based power up the Mississippi River to meet the Union Army which was to drive down the Mississippi valley.  In the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5th, 1864.  The Hartford played a key role in the decisive battle that secured the South could not win the war. 

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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.  

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CSS Alabama


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. 

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USS George Washington Parke Custis


USS George Washington Parke Custis was a barge acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War for the purpose of using her as a balloon-launching platform in order to spy on Confederate defenses a long distance off.  This model is now in permanent exhibition in the
Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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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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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 Fort Hindman


Fort Hindman was a side wheel steamer purchased in March 1863.  The original James Thompson was converted into a river gunboat by the addition of timber bulwarks and thin iron plate: a style of warship commonly referred to as a "tinclad". She joined the Mississippi Squadron in April 1863 and renamed Fort Hindman.  The USS Fort Hindman was designed to patrol in shallow waters and small tributaries where heavier ironclads could not enter. 

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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.

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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 Teaser


Teaser was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Purchased at Richmond, Virginia by the State of Virginia in 1861, she was assigned to the naval forces in the James River. Upon the secession of Virginia, Teaser became a part of the Confederate States Navy and continued to operate in Virginia waters. Teaser was a pioneer "aircraft carrier", serving as a base for an observation hot air balloon; she also became a pioneer minelayer when ordered on June 17, 1862, to assist General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

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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...  Coming soon.





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.
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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.  Coming soon.


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...  Coming soon.


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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.

Model Ship Master can and will build any civil war vessels per your request.  Please click on "YOUR VESSELS" button on the right hand size column for more details.