Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Ships of the Confederate States

Ships of the Confederate States – http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/confederate_ships.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find drawings of the interior of the Confederate submarine Hunley?
  • What did an ironclad ram ship look like?
  • Where can I find ships that served on both sides of the Civil War


From the 2014 version of the website:

The Ships of the Confederate States section of the Online Library provides ready access to pictures of ships and named craft which served the Confederacy during 1861-1865.

These include ships of the Confederate States Navy, the navies of the various individual states of the Confederacy, privateers commissioned by the Confederacy or any of the Confederate States, and other vessels that served the purposes of the Confederate States.

The ships are listed in alphabetical order. Each ship page contains a brief history of the ship’s service and ultimate disposition along with captioned and sourced photographs or paintings.

UPDATE 1/19/2015 – Website was reorganized in late 2014, same information seems to be available, except for the introduction above. 


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