A Federal sloop-of-war
built in 1861 at Boston Naval
Yard and commissioned on August
29th, 1862. It had two main boilers
and one auxilliary boiler and generated 1,150 horsepower
. It joined the South Atlantic Blockade
Squadron on September 19th, 1862.
It played a very minor role in the naval campaigns of the Civil War
, though it participated in the Federal attack
on Fort Sumter
on September 8th, 1863. The Housatonic went down in history, however, for being the first ship sunk in battle by a submarine, the CSS H.L. Hunley
It was sunk February 18th, 1864 in Charleston
harbor. Five men fell victim to the torpedo
blast that took it to the bottom. In 1909, Charleston officials destroyed the wreck
as it posed a danger to passing ships.