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Arctic

 

(IrcFltBtry: a. 3 guns)

 

CSS Arctic, built at Wilmington, N.C., in 1863, was an ironclad floating battery which performed additional duty as receiving ship for Flag Officer Robert F. Pinkney's North Carolina defense force. She was stationed in the Cape Fear River from 1862 to 1864, with Lt. C. B. Poindexter, CSN, in command. Her machinery had been removed in the latter part of 1862 for the ironclad CSS Richmond then completing at Richmond, Va.

 

With the threat to Wilmington, created by the arrival off Fort Fisher of the joint army-navy expedition under Rear Admiral Porter and Major General Butler, Arctic was sunk on 24 December 1864 to obstruct the river channel.