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Halifax

 

(StGbt: l. 91')

 

Halifax, a steam towboat completing as a gunboat at the Confederate Navy Yard, Halifax, N.C., was taken captive on the ways, 12 May 1865, when forces under Comdr. W. H. Macomb, USN, in Shamrock advanced up the Roanoke River. Commodore Macomb commended Carpenter Mark W. Paul, USN, "who managed, with the small means at his command, to launch this craft without any injury, though on account of the low state of the river the vessel was full 30 feet above the level of the water and only a few yards distant from the bank. The ways he constructed are 200 feet long and very steep."

 

She was towed to Norfolk by Ceres about 25 June and was in Philadelphia 18 July. Halifax does not appear further in published naval records.