Pulaski -- Completed in 1838, she was intended to travel a regular route between Savannah, Charleston and Baltimore. She was lost on her 4th voyage when on the night of 14 June 1838, about 30 miles of the North Carolina coast, one of the boilers exploded. There were 59 survivors, but more than 130 people died.
The Languedoc, flagship of the French Admiral Charles Hnri Comte d'Estaing during the Revolutionary War. She and American ships bombarded Savannah for 4 days in September 1779, but in the end the British continued to occupy Savannah until the end of the Revolution.
Steamship Savannah became one of the most important vessels in maritime history—the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. She left Savannah in May. 1819. on a 10,000-mile, six-month-long voyage that would take her to Liverpool, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen and Arendal in Norway. Actually, Savannah used her steam engines only sporadically during the voyage. Savannah sank off Fire Island, New fat, in 1823.
One of the first iron-hulled ships in the United States, the John Randolph was built in 1834 for a Savannah banker and cotton merchant. She was sunk off the coast of South Carolina in early 1865. Iron construction was actually lighter, as well as stronger, than wood.
Savannah, yet another one. This U.S. Navy warship was built 1820-42 in Brooklyn. She was originally intended to be a 44-gun classic frigate, but was modified in 1857 to become a 24-gun sloop. Though modernized, she remained a somewhat old-fashioned sailing vessel and by the time she sailed to blockade the port of Savannah the fall of 1861, she was sent to the Naval Academy to become a training vessel. She was sold by the Navy in 1883.
Nashville, also known as Rattlesnake. She was seized by the Confederates in Charleston in 1861 and used as a commerce raider, becoming the first Confederate vessel to visit Europe that same year. She was sunk in 1863.
CSS Atlanta. The last ship to make its way into the Savannah River in late 1861 before the Federal blockade was the iron-framed, Scottish-built Fingal, carrying a cargo of rifles, bayonets, revolvers, ammunition, cannons, powder and medical stores. In the winter of 1862 she was refitted with sheets of heavy metal and four guns, renamed C.S.S. Atlanta and became the flagship for Confederate Commodore Tattnall's "mosquito fleet" in the Savannah River. In June, 1863, Atlanta at last ventured beyond the river, to Wassaw Sound, where she ran aground and was quickly, devastatingly damaged by fire from Federal ships waiting for her. She later served as part of the Union fleet off the coast of Virginia.
Kansas City: The largest, fastest and most luxurious of the Savannah Line's new iron-hulled steamships of the period, she was built in 1889. She carried 161 first-class passengers and 102 second-class passengers. The social hall on the hurricane deck was 90 feet long, the dining saloon tor the first class passengers on the main deck was 103 Feet long. She was sold in 1909 and sank off the coast of California in 1921.
Armed with fifteen main guns, the USS Savannah could steam at 32.5 knots. In the fall of 1942 Savannah bombarded the coast of French Morocco in preparation for the invasion of North Africa. In the early 1943 she was engaged in anti-submarine patrol and searching for blockade runners in the South Atlantic. During the summer, she patrolled the coast of Italy and aided the Allied landing al Salerno in September. During this battle a radio-controlled German bomb tore a 20-foot hole in her bottom and ripped a 60-foot gash in her side below the waterline, and killed nine officers and 197 men. Alter repairs at the Philadelphia Yard, Savannah joined the convoy of vessels that escorted Presidenl Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference in January, 1945. In 1946. Savannah brought troops home from France. Savannah was decomissioned in 1947 and scrapped in I960.
One of over 500 turbo-electrie tankers built during World War II to supply American armed forces overseas with oil, SS Caribbean was built in 1942 at Chester, Pennsylvania. She was 523 feet long, but alter the war her original bow was removed and the ship was enlarged to almost twice its original size, and given a new name, Houston.
The freighter Har Camel was built at Hamburg, Germany, in 1957 and given to Israel as reparations for World War II. With a length of 515 feet and speed of fourteen knots, she carried grain, coal, iron ore and sulphur to ports all over the world.
The Coast Guard tug Mohican was built in 1944, one of six ships in her class named after Indian tribes. Mohican was built for search and rescue,law enforcement and icebreaking. She was stationed in New York City and Norfolk, Virginia.