Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, May 1, 2014

So That Explains the Blockade-Runner Harriet Lane

Two posts ago, I mentioned the escape of three blockade-runners from Galveston on April 30, 1864, one of them being the Harriet Lane.  I knew there had been a US revenue cutter named Harriet Lane, but had evidently forgotten that it had been captured by the Confederates.  And then, obviously turned into a blockade-runner.

As a young boy, I put together a model of the blockade-runner Harriet Lane and always wondered why it had several guns mounted on its deck.  Blockade-runners didn't carry cannons as they were not intended to fight, just sneak and flee when necessary.

That Would Explain It.  --Old B-R'er

1 comment:

  1. Yes, that's the cross-over between Harriet Lane and the model being marketed as a "blockade runner." It's not a bad kit, given when it came out.

    It's a model of the ship as a U.S. revenue cutter, though, and does not reflect her appearance when she ran out at the end of April 1864, well over a year after her capture. Her original rigging had been cut down substantially, and all her guns removed. It might be a fun project to adapt the model (which is still available) to her likely appearance when she ran the blockade under the name Lavinia.