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USS ''Spuyten Duyvil''

  • American Civil War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Ironclad Warship "Spuyten Duyvil", was a Union Navy vessel, built late in The War Between The States  (1864). Designed by William Wood, she was 210-tons and 84-feet long. She sat 25-feet tall on the water. A Single screw, steam engine propelled Ship, The "Spuyten Duyvil" was considered a "Torpedo Ship". Using twin Spar Explosive devices, forward mounted (at 80-pounds each), were designed to damage enemy Ship hulls.

 

Crewed by 23, she was fitted with multiple iron plating components. The top deck Pilot House, had 12-inches of plate, followed by 5-inches on the Hill and finally 3-inches on the Main Deck. The USS "Duyvil" was assigned to the James River Squadron in support of Union Gen. US Frant's push on the Confederate Capital of Richmond (1864). Used to clear man-made obstacles place to block The James, "Duyvil"s Torpedoes made shirt work of them. She continued service until the end of The War. She was sold to Haiti in 1866. While enroute, she was trapped in a tropical storm and sunk.