Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coast Survey Steamer Bibb Strikes Torpedo in Charleston Harbor

MARCH 17TH, 1865:  The Coast Survey steamer Bibb, commanded by Charles O. Boutelle, struck a submerged torpedo in Charleston Harbor.  "Fortunately for us," Boutelle reported, ""the blow was upon the side.  To this fact and te great strength of the vessel may be ascribed our escape from serious injury."

Nonetheless, as Rear Admiral Dahlgren noted a few days later, the Bibb "was much jarred" by the impact and required considerable repairs.

--Old B-R'er

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