Engraving published in The Soldier in Our Civil War, Volume II, depicting the ironclad ram CSS Baltic at Mobile, Alabama
|Career||Confederate Naval Ensign after 1863|
|Fate:||Captured May 10, 1865|
|Length:||186 ft (57 m)|
|Beam:||38 ft (12 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Complement:||86 officers and men|
|Armament:||2 × Dahlgren guns, 2 × 32-pounders, 2 × smaller pieces|
The CSS Baltic was an iron and cottonclad sidewheeler ship built in 1860 in Philadelphia as a river tow boat belonging to the Southern Steamship Co. She was purchased by the State of Alabama, converted to an armored ram, and turned over to the Confederate States Navy in the middle of 1862. Her first commanding officer was Lieutenant James D. Johnston, CSN.
Throughout the American Civil War the Baltic operated in the Mobile Bay, Mobile, Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers. The Baltic was reported unfit for service in February 1863, with her deteriorating condition preventing her from joining the defense of Mobile Bay in June 1864. She was dismantled in July of 1864 and her armor transferred to CSS Nashville.
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