Contributed by Maine Historical Society
G. W. Lawrence shipbuilders of Portland built the Wassuc in 1864.
The single-turreted, twin-screw monitor had a shallow draft, making it suitable for bays, rivers and inlets during the Civil War.
The Wassuc, like other Casco-class monitors, had such minimal freeboard that the Navy ordered the vessel's deck to be raised 22 inches. It never saw service during the war.
About This Item
- Title: Gunboat 'Wassuc,' Portland, ca. 1864
- Creator: Endicott & Co., Lithographers
- Creation Date: circa 1864
- Subject Date: circa 1864
- Media: Chromolithograph
- Dimensions: 38 cm x 66 cm
- Local Code: GA134
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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