Ship Name

Alabama, CSS

Type

auxiliary bark

Origins/Provenance

built in England

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1862

Home Waters

Atlantic

Function

Military

Displacement (tons)

1050

Length (feet)

220

Beam (feet)

32

Draft (feet)

14

Primary Propulsion

Fuel/Steam

Propulsion Specifications

direct-acting engine

Hull

wood

Armament

6 x 32; 1 X 110; 1 x 68

Crew

148

Historical Note

The most successful of the raiders commissioned by the Confederacy during the Civil War. Built in Britain under direction of Confederate agent James D. Bulloch and commanded by Captain Raphael Semmes. Sunk in sea battle with USS Kearsage off the coast of Cherburg, France in June 1864

Related Images

external image boat5_alabama_1864.jpg
Date: 1864
Image Id: 1162 I

Related People

Semmes, Raphael Bulloch, James D.

Related Vessels

Kearsage, USS,

Related Source

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997)

External Links

Museum of Underwater Achaeology, University of Rhode Isalnd