CSS Ellis

Lt. James W. Cooke, Commanding

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Part of the original North Carolina Navy, the CSS Ellis was sold to the Confederate government in 1861. She was captured by a boarding party from the USS Ceres in the battle of Elizabeth City. After her capture, she was commissioned the USS Ellis in the Union Navy. She was destroyed on 24 November 1862 near New River Inlet by Lt. William B. Cushing to prevent her recapture.

 

 

 

 

Original Name

Fairfield

 

Tonnage

100 55/95 tons

 

Rig

Iron-hulled propeller steamer

 

Dimensions

96 8/10 x 17 6/10 x 6 8/10

 

Built By

Harlan & Hollingsworth

 

Location/Year

Wilmington, Del., 1860

 

Home Port

Wilmington, Del. (enrollment #6 4 Aug. 1860)

 

Description

1 deck, no mast, round stern, no figurehead

 

Engine/Boilers

High-pressure 18x18

 

Owner(s)

N.A.

 

Commissioned

2 August 1861

 

Armament

1 32 pdr., 1 12 pdr. howitzer (#1199 on muzzle)

 

 

 

 

 

A drawing of the CSS Ellis from the New York Historical Society collection