CSS Savannah (ironclad)

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An inaccurate depiction of Savannah published in Harpers Weekly in 1863
Name: Savannah
Namesake: Savannah, Georgia
Builder: H. F. Willink
Launched: 1863
Commissioned: June 30, 1863
Decommissioned: December 21, 1864
Fate: burned to prevent capture
General characteristics
Length: 150 ft (46 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Propulsion: steam engine
Speed: 6 knots (11 km/h; 6.9 mph)
Complement: 180 officers and men
Armament: 2 7" rifled cannons, 2 6.4" rifled cannons

CSS Savannah was a Richmond-class casemate ironclad 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. Under Commander Robert F. Pinkney, 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.


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