Ironclad USS Carondelet (1861)

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Classification

Ship class:
Type:
type: Ironclad

Basic information

Country of build:
Builder:
builder: James Eads & Co.
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Status:
Fate:
Sold, 29 November 1865. Sunk in Ohio River, 1873, severely damaged during dredging, 1982

Ship measurements

Displacement:
512 t
Length:
53 m
Beam:
15.6 m
Draught:
1.8 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * non-condensing reciprocating steam engines
  • 22 ft (6.7 m) diameter paddle wheel
Speed:
8 knots

Crew

Complement:
251

Combat assets

Armor:
  • 2.5 in (64 mm) on casemate
  • 1.25 in (32 mm) on pilot house
  • hull, deck, and stern unprotected
Armament:

January 1862

  • 4 * 8-inch smoothbores
  • 1 * 50-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 42-pounder rifle
  • 6 * 32-pounder rifles
  • 1 * 30-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 12-pounder rifle

May 1863

  • 3 * 9-inch smoothbores
  • 4 * 8-inch smoothbores
  • 1 * 50-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 42-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 32-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 30-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 12-pounder rifle

January 1864

  • 3 * 9-inch smoothbores
  • 4 * 8-inch smoothbores
  • 2 * 100-pounder rifles
  • 1 * 50-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 30-pounder rifle
  • 1 * 12-pounder rifle

USS Carondelet (1861) was a City-class ironclad gunboat constructed for the War Department by James B. Eads during the American Civil War. It was named for the town where it was built, Carondelet, Missouri.

Carondelet was designed for service on the western rivers, with a combination of shallow draft and variety of heavy guns (and a light howitzer), she was suited for riverside bombardment and ship-to-ship combat against Confederate gunboats.

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