Fort Fisher

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

Friday, February 6, 2015

USS Niagara Watching CSS Stonewall at Ferrol, Spain

FEBRUARY 5TH, 1865:  The USS Niagara, Commodore Thomas T. Craven, learned that "the pirate ram" Stonewall was repairing at Ferrol, Spain.  He departed Dover, England, for Spain the next day but because of foul weather did not reach Coruna, Spain, some nine miles from Ferrol, until 11 February.

He requested assistance in blockading the ironclad from the USS Sacramento, but found that she was at Lisbon repairing and would not be ready for sea for ten days.  Craven himself then put into Ferrol on the 15th and maintained a close watch on the Stonewall.

Two Enemy Ships in the Same Harbor.  --Old B-Runner

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