Fort Fisher

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

Friday, June 12, 2015

Steamship SS Admiral DuPont-- Part 2; Blockade-Running Career

FromShips 3 "Civil War Era Steamship Admiral DuPont" by James Donahue.

The ship was named in honor of naval officer Samuel Francis Du Pont, commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.  He commanded the squadron that captured the 190-foot long iron-hulled passenger and cargo ship Anglia which was used as a blockade-runner.

It was launched in West Ham, England, in 1847 and bought by the Confederacy and converted into a blockade-runner in 1861.  In 1862, it made a round trip from Nassau to Charleston then back.  It was captured on its second trip through the blockade at Bull's Bay, near Charleston.

Caught.  --  Old B-Runner

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