CSS Forrest

Lt. James L. Hoole, Commanding

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Originally commissioned as the CSS Weldon N. Edwards in 1861, the CSS Forrest was renamed prior to the battle of Roanoke Island to honor French Forrest, Commandant of the Gosport Navy Yard. She displaced her propeller shaft in the battle of Roanoke Island and was towed to Elizabeth City for repairs. She was burned on the ways of the shipyard to prevent her capture during the battle of Elizabeth City on 10 February 1862.

 

 

 

 

Original Name

J. A. Smith

 

Tonnage

109 5/95 tons

 

Rig

Wood-hulled propeller steamer

 

Dimensions

936 x 175 x 72

 

Built By

Morgan L. Taylor

 

Location/Year

West Troy, NY; 1855

 

Home Port

Norfolk, VA (enrollment #8 - 29 Feb. 1856)

 

Description

1 deck, no mast, round stern, no figurehead

 

Engine/Boilers

Converted to high-pressure steam in 1856

 

Owner(s)

N.A.

 

Commissioned

N.A.

 

Armament

1 32 pdr.