Gulf Coast Shipwrecks

CSS Arkansas

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CSS Arkansas
(Naval Historical Center)

Arkansas ablaze
off Baton Rouge
(Library of Congress)

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.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name CSS Arkansas
Other Names  
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.
Fatalities None
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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