Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Watch Out for Those Confederate Torpedo Boats and the Hunley

JANUARY 7, 1864: Rear Admiral Dahlgren, SABS, received information and ordered all his ships at Charleston Blockade to take careful precautions against attacks by Southern torpedo boats and noted: "There is also another kind, which is nearly submerged and can be entirely so. It is intended to go under the bottoms of vessels and there to operate." //// Regarding the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, he warned: "It is also advisable not to anchor in the deepest part of the channel, for by not leaving much space between the bottom of the vessel and the bottom of the channel it will be impossible for the diving torpedo to operate except on the sides, and there will be less difficulty in raising a vessel if sunk." Of course, at this time, the sinking of the USS Housatonic was just a month away. //// Watch Out for Subs. --Old B-Runner

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