Gulf Coast Shipwrecks

CSS Governor Moore

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CSS Governor Moore
note the cotton bales sur-
rounding the superstructure

Union fleet running the
gauntlet on April 24, 1862
(Naval Historical Center)

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Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name CSS Governor Moore
Other Names Built as merchant steamer Charles Morgan
Vessel Type Side-wheel Steamer (cotton-clad vessel)
Owner State of Louisiana
Length / Beam / Draft (feet)  
Tonnage 1,215 DT
Hull Construction Wood - bow fitted with a steel ram
Propulsion Steam / Side-Wheels
Built 1854 at New York, NY
Date of Loss April 24, 1862
Reason for Loss  
Fatalities At least 64
Location Mississippi River - 80 miles south of New Orleans, LA - near Fort Morgan and Fort St. Philip
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Diving Considerations  
Other Information The CSS Governor Moore was a converted merchant ship. She participated in the Confederacy's attempt to block the Union fleet's dash up the Mississippi to occupy New Orleans. The Governor Moore and the CSS Stonewall Jackson rammed and sank the USS Varuna. A short while later, the Governor Moore was disabled by Union gunfire, and was burned by her crew to prevent capture. For more information on the Governor Moore, see...
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