Sunday, June 3, 2007
New Ship on the Header
The USS Ceres was a 150-ton side wheel steamer capable of 9 knots. She was 108'4" long and carried a compliment of 45 officers and sailors. She was armed with one 30-pounder rifle and one 32-pounder smoothbore. The Ceres had a storied history in the coastal waters of North Carolina, participating in actions at Roanoke Island, Elizabeth City, and Plymouth, among others. She captured a number of vessels including the CSS Ellis. One of the final acts of the Ceres was to tow the sunken ram CSS Albemarle to Norfolk, VA at the close of the war.