Unadilla-class gunboats

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Unadilla-Class Gunboats

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:59 AM
By Emily Hegranes


While the Unadilla-class was created to enforce blockades, the gunboats participated in a variety of missions, like the USS Chippewa’s mission described at the beginning of this post. Unadilla-class boats participated in the Battle of Port Royal, the Capture of New Orleans, and the Vicksburg Campaign. To my surprise, nearly all of the 90-day gunboats made it through the Civil War intact, and were still extant more than a decade after the war’s completion, though as merchant vessels rather than Navy ships.

Full interesting article posted today at - https://www.navalhistory.org/2018/11/28/unadilla-class-gunboats

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Ah, the Unadilla Class gunboat.

There's been a few times when I'd be in nautical hitch I've looked for detailed information on them, not exactly a well known class, too bad, they seemed to have given good service, even if they said to be leaky due to the timbers used. I've never had the chance to look into the claim thoroughly, I've seen several references that the C.S.S. McRae didn't receive as much damage as other C.S.N. vessels during the Battle of Fort Jackson and St. Phillip because of her resemblance to the Unadilla-Class gunboats in the fleet.

It would be interesting if true, I'm personally doubtful as to me they look nothing alike. But in battle in the dark, who knows...
 

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Mike Serpa

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A larger version
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U.S.S. "Unadilla." Group of crew with flag. nhnycw/aa aa02015

Another photo
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U.S.S. "Unadilla." Firing evening gun (Machine Shop Creek) nhnycw/aa aa02016

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Story

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Did anyone ever generate drawings of these?

Asking for a model-building friend.
 

Story

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Found this while answering my own question.

But the success of the Unadilla-class was not complete. These vessels were a compromise in order to meet the rushed requirement. By mid-war several shortcomings diminished the 90-gunboats’ value. The landlubber version – the ships were too slow and rolled too much in moderate seas to handle the main guns. Salty sea version? I direct you to Volume one of Donald L. Canney’s The Old Steam Navy. The Unadilla-class could make 9 knots, maybe 10, in good trim. But by 1863, custom designed blockade runners could best that by two or three knots.
https://markerhunter.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/uss-nipsic-blockader/
 
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