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Author Topic: Confederate blockade-running; a point of interest.  (Read 4122 times)


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Confederate blockade-running; a point of interest.
« on: July 06, 2017, 07:07:40 PM »

Jes' pokin' around on fast ships in the mid-1800s....

The Confederate Navy had a small number of its own seagoing ships used in blockade running efforts, but most of the ships employed were privately owned vessels. Many of these ships were built and designed in England by various shipping companies and other interested parties for the express purpose of getting through the blockade quickly. The ships that emerged from this enterprise were all side-wheel steamers, long and narrow vessels with a shallow draft allowing them to cut through the water more efficiently.

Many were painted a dark gray color so they would blend in better with the backdrop of the night sea. A few ships were painted white to help obscure their profile against the daytime horizon. While crossing great expanses of ocean the steamers would burn normal coal that produced a dark smoke but when they were about to approach land they would often switch to burning a smokeless anthracite coal which greatly reduced their profile along the horizon. Sometimes these ships would use cotton soaked in turpentine as fuel as it gave off little smoke and produced intense heat that resulted in a marked increase in ship's speed.[69][70]

Huh.  Who'da thunk it?



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Re: Confederate blockade-running; a point of interest.
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 08:28:30 PM »

Damn people using loopholes!
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