Gulf Coast Shipwrecks
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The table below provides specifications and historical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail our editor at the address listed below.
|Vessel Name||CSS Arkansas|
|Vessel Type||Confederate ironclad warship|
|Owner||Confederate States Government|
|Length / Beam / Draft (feet)||165' / 35' /|
|Hull Construction||Wood with iron armor|
|Propulsion||Steam / Screw|
|Built||1861 / 1862|
|Date of Loss||August 6, 1862|
|Reason for Loss||Her engines broke down while Arkansas was engaged in a battle with Union warships. To avoid capture, her crew set her ablaze and abandoned ship. The Arkansas drifted downriver, exploded and sank.|
|Location||Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, LA. Reportedly the Arkansas wreck is now buried under a levee approximately 1.4 miles south of the auto/rail bridge just below Free Negro Point.|
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|Other Information||For details on the CSS Arkansas
and its history, see...
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