List of shipwrecks in May 1861

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The list of shipwrecks in May 1861 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during May 1861.

May 1861
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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8 9 10 11 12 13 14
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22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 Unknown date

4 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Glen Cove  Confederate States of America The 504-ton sidewheel paddle steamer burned on the James River in Virginia.[1]
Sea Nymph Unknown The 1,215-ton clipper sank at Point Reyes, California, with the loss of two lives.[2]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1861
Ship Country Description
CSS Dolly Webb  Confederate States Navy The 139-ton sternwheel paddle steamer burned at Algiers in New Orleans, Louisiana.[3]
J. O'Neill  Confederate States of America American Civil War, Union blockade: The schooner′s crew ran her aground near Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, after which the screw steamer USS Valley City ( United States Navy) captured her.[4]

6 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Baltic  Confederate States of America The 604-ton sidewheel paddle steamer burned at Algiers in New Orleans, Louisiana.[5]
Editor  United States American Civil War: The 246-ton sternwheel paddle steamer was burned at Algiers in New Orleans, Louisiana.[6]
General Pike  Confederate States of America The 248-ton sidewheel paddle steamer burned at Algiers in New Orleans, Louisiana.[7]
Grenada  Confederate States of America The 217-ton sidewheel paddle steamer burned at Algiers in New Orleans, Louisiana.[8]
Lydia Francis  United States During a voyage from Cuba to New York City with a cargo of sugar, the brig was wrecked on the coast of North Carolina at Hatteras Cove.[9]
Telegram  United States American Civil War: The 205-ton sternwheel paddle steamer was burned at Algiers in New Orleans, Louisiana.[10]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Grey Eagle  United States The 382-ton sidewheel paddle steamer struck a bridge on the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois.[11]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Conqueror  United States The 398-ton sidewheel paddle steamer burned at New Orleans, Louisiana.[12]
Woodpecker  United Kingdom Carrying a cargo of flour, general cargo, and 104 head of cattle to Victoria, British Columbia, the 300-ton schooner ran aground on Clatsop Spit at the entrance to the Columbia River on the coast of Oregon. After throwing the cargo overboard, the crew abandoned ship; only one of them made it to shore.[13]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Equality  United States The 90-ton sternwheel paddle steamer struck a snag and sank in the Ohio River at Golconda, Illinois.[14]

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Christiana Ken  United States American Civil War: The schooner ran aground and was burned by Confederate forces near Upper Machodoc Creek, Virginia.[4]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Polar Star  United States The ship was wrecked in the Sea of Okhotsk on the west coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula during a dense fog and gale. The first mate and a boat′s crew were lost in attempting to get ashore. The rest of the crew were saved by the bark Alice and the ship Oliver Crocker (both  United States).[15][16]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1861
Ship Country Description
Unidentified schooner  Confederate States of America American Civil War, Union blockade: The schooner was captured and destroyed in the Potomac River, probably by the armed tug USS Resolute ( United States Navy).[17]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown May 1861
Ship Country Description
Chippewa  United States The 173-ton sidewheel paddle steamer caught fire on the Missouri River on a Sunday evening in May 1861 after drunken deckhands tipped over a candle while tapping barrels of whiskey. The steamer was run ashore, allowing its passengers to flee, then turned and drifted downriver for a mile (1.6 km) before gunpowder she was carrying as part of her cargo exploded and destroyed her 15 miles (24 km) below the mouth of the Poplar River in Dakota Territory.[18]
D. C. Pearce  United States American Civil War: The bark was scuttled as a blockship at Norfolk, Virginia.[19]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gaines, p. 181.
  2. ^ Gaines, p. 30.
  3. ^ Gaines, p. 63.
  4. ^ a b usnlp.org Navy Chronology of the Civil War, July-December 1861
  5. ^ Gaines, p. 60.
  6. ^ Gaines, p. 64.
  7. ^ Gaines, p. 65.
  8. ^ Gaines, p. 66.
  9. ^ Gaines, p. 122.
  10. ^ Gaines, p. 74.
  11. ^ Gaines, p. 96.
  12. ^ Gaines, p. 62.
  13. ^ Gaines, p. 139.
  14. ^ Gaines, p. 135.
  15. ^ Williams, H. (1964). One whaling family. Boston, Houghton Mifflin.
  16. ^ Starbuck, Alexander (1878). History of the American Whale Fishery from Its Earliest Inception to the year 1876. Castle. ISBN 1-55521-537-8.
  17. ^ Gaines, p. 192.
  18. ^ Gaines, p. 106.
  19. ^ Gaines, p. 179.

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Ship events in 1861
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