Civil War Gun boat 1861Kit
On 24 February, she captured the Confederate schooner Joanna Ward off
Florida. The Mortar Flotilla sailed from Key West 6 March to begin the operation
which would deprive the Confederacy of the use of its largest inland waterway.
Harriet Lane, as Porter's flagship, was among the ships which engaged Forts Jackson
and St. Philip, which protected New Orleans. She helped provide the intense fire
which covered Flag Officer David Farragut's daring rush past the forts on 24 April.
"You supported us most noble," wrote Farragut in praise of Porter's action. On
29 April Harriet Lane steamed up river to accept the surrender of upstream forts.
The success of this attack opened the way for the movement of waterborne Union
forces, now free to steam up river to join those coming south from Illinois to
form a pincer which would sever the Confederacy. Farragut ordered the Mortar Flotilla
to Ship Island 1 May, and Harriet Lane continued to Pensacola, Florida where she
transported Brigadier General Lewis G. Arnold's troops from Fort Pickens to the
other side of the bay where they occupied Forts Barrancas, and McRee, Barancas
Barracks, and the Navy Yard which had been abandoned by the Confederates. Back
at Ship Island for repairs 30 May, Harriet Lane prepared to ascend the Mississippi
with Porter's mortar boats to engage enemy batteries on the cliffs of Vicksburg,
Mississippi while Farragut ran past this river stronghold to join Flag Officer
Charles H. Davis in an effort to clear the entire Mississippi Valley of obstructions
to Union shipping. However, sufficient ground forces to take Vicksburg were not
made available, nullifying the value of his operation, and after a frustrating
encounter with new Confederate ironclad ram Arkansas, Farragut ran back down past
Vicksburg while Harriet Lane and her sister vessels in the Mortar Flotilla again
covered the dash by bombarding the Confederate batteries 15 July. As his ships
required extensive repairs and most of his men were ill, Farragut ordered his
ships to rendezvous at Pensacola. Following blockade duty in Mobile Bay, Harriet
Lane sailed for Galveston, Texas, which she bombarded and captured, with the aid
of Westfield, Owasoo, Clifton, and Henry Janes, 3 October 1862. She was in Galveston
Harbor when the Confederates retook that base 1 January 1863; and, after a bitter
contest in which her captain, Comdr. Jonathan M. Wainwright and executive officer,
Lt. Comdr. Edward Lea, were killed, she fell into Southern hands. After serving
the Confederate Army's Marine Department of Texas, she was sold to T. W. House,
who converted her into a blockade runner named Lavinia. She finally escaped Galveston
30 April 1864 and sailed to Havana, where she was interned. In 1867, following
the war, she was recovered from Cuba; was converted to a bark rig; and renamed
Elliott Richie. She was abandoned off Pernambuco, Brazil, 13 May 1884.
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#195-888-4 Block hull construction
This kit features a machine carved hardwood hull which needs only light shaping
and sanding. We provide plank-scored basswood for decking and cabins, spars
and hardwood blocks. Ladders, anchors, paddle wheels, two ship's boats, four
cannon with carriages and numerous other fittings are finely cast Britannia
metal. The kit has been upgraded to include laser cut paddle wheel covers.
Detailed plans and newly written clear instructions by master ship modeler,
Ben Lankford, are easy to follow. (Baseboard and brass pedestals are not included.)
Dimensions: Length: 18-1/2"(000mm) Height: 9-1/4"(00mm)
Scale: 1/96 (1/8"= 1ft).
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