CSS Tacony

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For other uses, see Tacony (disambiguation).
For other ships of the same name, see USS Tacony.
Career (Confederate States)
Name: Tacony
Captured: June 12, 1863 by CSS Clarence
Fate: Burned to prevent capture June 25, 1863
General characteristics
Complement: 4 officers, 17 men
Armament: 1 6-pounder boat howitzer

CSS Tacony was originally a bark captured by the Confederate cruiser CSS Clarence during the American Civil War and converted into a Confederate cruiser for commerce raiding.

The CSS Clarence, commanded by Lt. Charles W. Read, captured the Tacony on June 12, 1863, and since it was a better ship suited for commerce raiding, the crew and armaments were transferred to it and the Clarence was destroyed.

In its brief career as a Confederate cruiser it captured a number of ships: The Whistling Ada, Arabella, Byzantium, Elizabeth Ann, Florence, Goodspeed, Isaac Webb, Z.A. Macomber, Marengo, Ripple, Rufus Choate, Shattemuc, Umpire and Wanderer. Its final capture was the schooner Archer on June 25, 1863, which being a better ship suited for commerce raiding, the crew and armaments were transferred to it and the Tacony was destroyed.

Officers and crew[edit]

  • Lt. Charles W. Read, commander
  • Billups, Matthewson, and Pride, master's mates
  • Brown, engineer
  • 16 men

Notes and references[edit]

  • J. Thomas Scharf (1996). History of the Confederate States Navy: From the Organization to the Surrender of Its Last Vessel. New York, NY: Gramercy Books. ISBN 0-517-18336-6.