High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The first USS Hatteras
was a heavy 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)1,126-ton steamer purchased by the
Union Navy at the beginning of the American Civil War. She was
outfitted as a gunboat and assigned to the Union blockade of the
ports and waterways of the Confederate States of America. During an
engagement with a disguised Confederate commerce raider, she was
taken by surprise and was sunk off the coast of Galveston, Texas.
The wreck site is one of the few listed on the National Register of
Historic Places, because of its location away from destructive
surf, and because of its side-wheel design, which represents the
transition between wooden sailing ships and modern steamships.
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