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CSS Phoenix
Career (Confederate States of America) Naval ensign of the Confederate States of America (1863–1865).svg
Name: CSS Phoenix
Builder: Confederate Naval Works at Selma
Laid down: 1863
Launched: March 1864
Out of service: August 7, 1864
Fate: Scuttled at Dog River Bar
General characteristics
Length: 250 or 152 ft (76.2 or 46.3 m)
Armament: 6 guns

CSS Phoenix was a Confederate ironclad floating battery built at Selma, Alabama from 1863–64.[1]


Phoenix was built at the Confederate Naval Works at Selma in 1863 and launched in March 1864. She was severely damaged during the launching and subsequently could not be used as a warship. She was brought to Mobile and scuttled by Confederate forces at the Dog River Bar in Mobile Bay on August 7, 1864. She was blown up a few nights later by Union sailors from the USS Metacomet. The Confederates then burned her to the waterline. The wreck was located in 1985 and determined to be well preserved.[2]


  1. "Phoenix". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. United States Navy. September 24, 2011. 
  2. Gaines, W. Craig (2008). Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks. LSU Press. pp. 1–8. ISBN 978-0-8071-3274-6. 

Coordinates: 30°36′08″N 88°02′19″W / 30.60231°N 88.03860°W / 30.60231; -88.03860

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