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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Confederate Steamers Granite City and Wave Run Louisiana Blockade

JANAUARY 17-19TH, 1865:  Confederate steamers Granite City and Wave (ex-U.S. Navy ships captured May 6, 1864) elude the USS Chocura, Lt.Cmdr. Richard W. Meade, Jr., on a "dark, foggy, and rainy" night and escaped from Calcasieu Pass, Louisiana.  The Granite City was reported to carry no cargo, but the Wave had a load of lumber for the Rio Grande.

Meade gave chase for 60 miles, "but our boilers being in disabled condition, and leaking badly, the speed of the ship was so much reduced that I reluctantly gave up hope of overtaking the Granite City before she could make a port."

Fix My Ship!!  --Old B-R'er

1 comment:

  1. What became of the Wave? LCDR Medade speculates that she went to the Rio Grande with a load of lumber. The Granite City went to Velasco on the Brazos, but nothing more is mentioned in the official records about the Wave. TexasWalt