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.
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.
207 long tons
155 feet long tons
33.5 foot beam
4'6" draft-- Perfect for operating in the rivers.
eight 24-pdr. guns
two 12-pdr. guns
six 14-pdr. guns