A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-21
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida

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In 2003, research divers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Marine Sanctuaries discovered a possible shipwreck site near a remote atoll in the geographic middle of the North Pacific, 1,200 miles across open ocean from Honolulu, Hawai'i. The wreck turned out to be the remains of a Civil War gunboat, USS Saginaw, a wooden side-wheel steamer that served in Pacific and Asian waters between 1860 and 1870. During this decade, the crew witnessed the trade disruptions of the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, the transportation of Confederate sailors to Central America, the French intervention in Mexico, and the growing presence of American naval forces in Hawai'i.

Author Biography

Hans Konrad van Tilburg, maritime heritage coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is the author of Chinese Junks on the Pacific. A volume in the series New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, edited by James C. Bradford and Gene Allen Smith

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
A New Ship for a New Oceanp. 9
Seasoning on the China Stationp. 37
The Civil War on the Pacific Coastp. 80
Hard Times on Coastal Patrolp. 121
Exploring Seward's Iceboxp. 147
Hawai'i and the End of the Archipelagop. 179
The Castaways of Ocean Islandp. 218
Afterword: Legacy and Shipwrecksp. 280
Notesp. 325
Referencesp. 343
Indexp. 349
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