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

Friday, August 10, 2018

USS Marmora-- Part 1: Purchased By the Navy


Bartlett Laffey, Medal of Honor recipient and for whom the two World War II destroyers were named in the last two posts, was a member of the crew of the USS Marmora.

From Wikipedia.

Was built at Monongahela, Pennsylvania, in 1862 and purchased by the U.S. Navy at St, Louis, Missouri, on 17 September 1862.  Commissioned at Carondelet, Missouri,  21 October 1862.    Captain Robert Getty commanded.

Statistcs:

207 long tons
155 feet long tons
33.5 foot beam
4'6" draft-- Perfect for operating in the rivers.

Armament
eight 24-pdr. guns
two 12-pdr. guns
six 14-pdr. guns

--Old B-Runner

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