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Chattahoochee

 

(SwGbt: l. 150'; b. 25'; dph. 10'; dr. 8'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 120; a. 4 32-pdr., 1 32-pdr. r., 1 9")

 

CSS Chattahoochee was a gunboat built in 1862-63 at Saffold, Ga., by D. S. Johnson under the supervisionof Lt. C. R. Jones, CSN. Lt. J. J. Guthrie succeeded to command 4 February 1863.

 

Chattahoochee was plagued by machinery failures, one of which, a boiler explosion which killed 18, occurred on 27 May 1863 as she prepared to sail from her anchorage at Blountstown, Fla., to attempt retaking the Confederate schooner Fashion, captured by the Union. On 10 June 1864 she was moved to Columbus, Ga., for repairs and installation of engines and a new boiler.

 

While she was undergoing repairs at Columbus, 11 of her officers and 50 crewmen tried unsuccessfully to capture Adela blockading Apalachicola, Fla. USS Somerset drove off the raiders, capturing much of their equipment.

 

When the Confederates abandoned the Apalachicola River in December 1864, Chattahoochee was destroyed to prevent capture.