Ironclad USS Pittsburgh (1861)

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Classification

Ship class:
Type:
type: Ironclad

Basic information

Namesake:
Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County.
Country of build:
Builder:
builder: James Eads & Co.
Commissioned:
Decommissioned:
Status:
Fate:
Sold for scrap, 1865

Ship measurements

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

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 2 * non-condensing reciprocating steam engines
  • 22 ft (6.7 m) diameter paddle whee
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

  • 3 * 8-inch smoothbores
  • 2 * 42-pounder rifles
  • 6 * 32-pounder rifles
  • 2 * 30-pounder rifles
  • 1 * 12-pounder smoothbore

September 1864

  • 2 * 9-inch smoothbores
  • 2 * 9-inch rifles
  • 2 * 8-inch smoothbores
  • 1 * 100-pounder rifle
  • 2 * 32-pounder rifles
  • 2 * 30-pounder rifles
  • 1 * 12-pounder smoothbore

USS Pittsburgh (1861) (often Pittsburg) was a City-class ironclad gunboat constructed for the Union Army by James B. Eads during the American Civil War, and transferred to the Union Navy in October 1862. She was commissioned in January 1862, Commander Egbert Thompson in command.

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