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Carondelet

 

(SwStr: a. 5 42-pdr., 1 32-pdr. r.; cl. Bienville)

 

CSS Carondelet was a light draft steamer built by John Hughes and Acting Constructor S. D. Porter, CSN, at Bayou St. John, La., in 1861-62. She was put into service in March 1862 with Lt. W. Gwathmey, CSN, in command. On 4 April this ship, accompanied by CSS Oregon and Pamlico, engaged the Federal gunboats New London, John P. Jackson and Hatteras at Pass Christian, Miss. The Confederates were unable to prevent the landing of 1,200 Union men at the Pass and the destruction of the camp there.

 

Carondelet was destroyed by her own officers on Lake Pontchartrain just before the fall of New Orleans to escape capture by the Federals.