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Hansa

 

(SwStr: t. 257; s. 12 k.)

 

Hansa was operated by the State of North Carolina (cf. Don supra), running to Havana and Nassau for munitions out of Wilmington. She was commanded by Captains James E. Handle, T. Atkinson and Murray during the course of the war, which it may be assumed that she survived, in the absence of evidence to the contrary. She had two stacks and must have been a fast steamer when acquired by the Confederates, but she appears to have fouled her boilers— by February 1864, if not earlier—and may have been retired to less hazardous service; many steamers ruined their tubes by burning turpentine soaked cotton from their cargo to get steam for flank speed in a dire extremity such as might be encountered any or every run through the blockade.