Fort Fisher

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

Friday, January 2, 2015

Loss of the USS San Jacinto

JANUARY 1ST, 1865:  The USS San Jacinto, Captain Richard W. Meade, ran on a reef at Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, in the Bahamas.  She was found to be seriously bilged and was abandoned without loss of life.

Meade was able to salvage the armament, ammunition, rigging, cables and much of the ship's copper.

At an earlier period of the war, the USS San Jacinto had gained fame when her commanding officer, Captain Charles Wilkes, stopped the British ship Trent and removed Confederate commissioners James Mason and John Slidell.

--Old B-R'er

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