Gulf Coast Shipwrecks
CSS Governor Moore
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CSS Governor Moore
Union fleet running the
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|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)|
|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|
|Coordinates (Loran C)|
|Water Depth (feet)|
|Typical Visibility (feet)|
|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,
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