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Portsmouth

 

(ScGbt: dp. 166; l. 106'; b. 21'; dph. 8'; dr. 5'; a. 1 9", 1 32-pdr.; cl. Hampton)

 

Portsmouth was one of the first of the 100 "Maury Gunboats" begun to defend the Virginia-North Carolina coastline. At Gosport (Norfolk) in 1862, almost completed, Portsmouth had to be burned on the stocks when the Navy Yard was evacuated by the Confederates, 10 May.