4)WAS THERE ANOTHER TOP SECRET CONFEDERATE SUBMARINE
another top secret Confederate Submarine or was it a
Several witness including Ensign Craven, Captain Davis,
Paymaster Richardson, and Dr. Burbank all testified that
they saw something semi-submerged coming toward the U.S.S.
Wabash. It fit the description of a submarine that by now
they all had of the Confederate Submarine H. L. Hunley,
except that it had only one turret.
Report of Captain DeCamp,
U. S. Navy, regarding the discovery of a suspicious object
in the water supposed to be a torpedo boat.
U. S. S. WABASH,
Off Charleston, S. C., April 19, 1864.
SIR: I have to report that last night, at about 9:45, an
object was discovered by Ensign Charles H. Craven, the
officer of the deck, on the starboard quarter, distant about
150 yards, which corresponded in shape and movements to the
torpedo boat which sunk the Housatonic. It moved
rapidly up against the tide, till about the mainmast, then,
turning, stood directly for the ship.
Ensign Craven opened fire with musketry, beat the gong for
the crew to assemble at quarters, rang four bells for the
engine to go ahead, opened fire with the watch, with the
starboard battery, and gave orders for slipping the chain.
The men rushed quickly to their quarters, the ship moved
ahead, the chain was slipped, and when the object was being
left in the quarter, distant at the time about 40 yards, a
round shot is supposed to have struck it; at all events the
second shot struck in its immediate vicinity, and it was
seen no more.
One round shot was fired from each of the spar-deck guns on
the starboard side, and the crews were kept at their
quarters, while with the helm hard to port the ship kept
cruising round the spot.
The marines were also stationed along the starboard side,
where they could use their pieces to advantage. Signal was
made to the effect that "Rams were coming," as that most
likely to place the other cruisers on their guard, and soon
the Canandaigua and Flag came up within hail.
Captain Davis, Paymaster Richardson, and Dr. Burbank all saw
the object spoken of, which corresponded exactly to the
description given of the torpedo boat, which sunk the
Housatonic, except that this had but one elevated
place or turret.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. DE CAMP,
S. C. ROWAN,
Comdg. South Atlantic Blkdg. Squadron, off Charleston.
Order of Commodore Rowan, U. S. Navy, to Captain De Camp,
U. S. Navy, in view of the discovery of the supposed torpedo
FLAGSHIP NEW IRONSIDES,
Off Morris Island, April 19, 1864.
SIR: I am in receipt of yours of this date respecting a
torpedo "David" near your ship last night and its possible
destruction by the fire of your battery.
I would suggest the propriety of keeping every other gun
loaded with grape for firing at these craft.
You also report the loss of an anchor and 70 fathoms of
chain. I presume you will recover this, as I take it for
granted you had a good slip buoy on your chain.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. C. ROWAN,
Commodore, Comdg. South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
Captain JOHN DE CAMP,
Commanding U. S. S. Wabash, off Charleston Bar.
OF THE "DAVIDS"