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Friday, January 17, 2014
Civil War Photo Friday: Crewmen from the USS Hunchback
These two jaunty fellows are from the crew of the USS Hunchback. Before the war this ship was a ferry in New York City. It was purchased by the U.S. government for military service and spent most of the war in the rivers and along the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina, seeing action numerous times and chalking up a good record of captured enemy vessels.
Like many gunboats converted from civilian use, the Hunchback had most of its guns on deck. They were simply regular artillery guns put on a ship.
The ship took some hits during the war but survived to see the end, at which point it went back to being a ferry in New York City until the early 1880s.
Photo courtesy Library of Congress.