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U.S.S. Housatonic

The Housatonic was the first war ship to be sunk by a submarine. The Hunley sank the ship on February 17, 1864. The ship was a steam and sail sloop that carried eleven large guns. It was built at the Boston Navy Yard and had a crew of 145 men.

Five crew members of the Housatonic were killed in the attack. They were:

Ensign Hazeltine of Concord, NH
Mr. Muzzey, Captains Clerk
John Williams, Quartermaster
John Welsch, Coal Heaver, from Boston
Theodore Parker, was on Lookout
(Information on crew members from the book Submarines, Sacrifices & Success in the Civil War by Mark K. Ragan.)
 

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