Thursday, June 5, 2008

CSS Tuscaloosa

Favorite ship of the University of Alabama?

In connection with the research on the Confederate industries at selma, Al., I found out that the CSS Tuscaloosa was made there. It was classified as an ironclad floating battery and launched in Selma on Feb. 7, 1863.

It went under its own power to Mobile for completion and served in and around Mobile until it was sunk in Spanish River, 12 miles north of the city upon the city's surrender.

It was 152 feet long, 34 foot beam, carried 120 crewmembers and was armed with a 6'4" rifle and three 32-pdrs.

The CSS Huntsville, also built at Selma, was also scuttle in the Spanish River at the same time.

Too Bad I Haven't Come Across any Pictures of These Two Ships. --Old B-Runner