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Rare Civil War Era Antique Bronze Scrimshaw Bone Sculpture Relic Uss Merrimac For Sale
this sale is for a rare Civil war era antique bronze and
scrimshaw bone sculpture relic commemorating one of three possible ships
(listed below) including the Confederate Ironclad CSS Virginia ex- USS
Merrimac(k). This unusual momento features a finely detailed sailor holding
what appears to be a spyglass seated on a section of ox bone or antique ivory
into which has been carved the words “The Last of the Merrimac” with leaf
flourishes. All three of these ships met an unfortunate end and are therefor likely
contenders for this souvenir - take your pick.
1. USS Merrimack (often times spelled without the “k”) was a
frigate and the first ironclad ship in history, and is best known known as the
hull upon which the ironclad warship, CSS Virginia was constructed during the
American Civil War. The CSS Virginia then took part in the Battle of Hampton
Roads (also known as “the Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack”) in the
first engagement between ironclad warships. The Merrimack was the first of six
screw frigates (frigates with steam power) begun in 1854. Like others of her
class (Wabash, Roanoke, Niagara, Minnesota and Colorado), she was named after a
river. In Massachusetts, the Merrimack River flows through the town of
Merrimac, often considered an older spelling which has sometimes caused
confusion of the name.
2. USS Merrimac was a sidewheel steamer first used in the
Confederate States Navy that was captured and used in the United States Navy
during the American Civil War.
Merrimac was purchased in England for the Confederate
government in 1862. After a successful career as a blockade runner, she was
captured by USS Iroquois off the coast of Cape Fear River, North Carolina, 24
July 1863. Purchased by the Navy from New York Prize Court 10 March 1864, Merrimac
commissioned at New York 1 May 1864, Acting Master William P. Rogers in
After joining the East Gulf Blockading Squadron in June
1864, she was ordered to cruise in the Gulf of Mexico. She captured Cuban sloop
Henretta sailing from Bayport, Florida, with cotton for Havana. However, late
in July yellow fever broke out among Merrimac’s crew and she sailed north to
allow her crew to recover. Upon arriving New York she debarked her sick sailors
at quarantine, and got underway for a cruise in the northwest Atlantic as far
as St. John’s Newfoundland.
Early in 1865 Merrimac was reassigned to the East Gulf
Blockading Squadron. She got underway for the gulf early in February, but
encountered extremely bad weather which forced her to stop at Beaufort, North
Carolina, on the 7th and at Charleston, South Carolina on the 12th. Underway
for Key West the next day, Merrimac ran into still worse weather which she
fought until turning north on the 14th to seek the first port. On the afternoon
of 15 February 1865, Acting Master William Earle ordered the crew to abandon
ship after its tiller had broken, two boilers given out and the pumps failed to
slow the rising water. That night, when the crew had been rescued by mail
steamer Morning Star, Merrimac was settling rapidly as she disappeared from
sight. However, according to the Department Of The Navy - Naval Historical
Center, the ship sank on January 15, 1865.
3. USS Merrimac was a steamship in the United States Navy
during the Spanish-American War.
Merrimac was built by Swan & Hunter shipyard as SS
Solveig in Wallsend, England, in November 1894. She was purchased by the US
Navy in April 1898. Rear Admiral William T. Sampson ordered her to be sunk as a
blockship at the entrance of Santiago Harbor, Cuba, in an attempt to trap the
Spanish fleet in the harbor. On the night of 2–3 June 1898, eight volunteers
attempted to execute this mission, but Merrimac’s steering gear was disabled by
the fire of Spanish land-based howitzers. The American steamer was later sunk
by the combined gunfire and the torpedoes of the protected cruiser Vizcaya,
the unprotected cruiser Reina Mercedes, and the destroyer Pluton without
obstructing the harbor entrance. Her crewmen were rescued by the Spanish and
made prisoners-of-war. After the Battle of Santiago de Cuba destroyed the
Spanish fleet a month later, the men were released. All eight were awarded
Medals of Honor for their part in the mission.
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Rare Civil War Era Antique Bronze Scrimshaw Bone Sculpture Relic Uss Merrimac: $180