Haze Gray Mystery Picture #120 Answer


Can You Identify This Ship?

This is the armored ram CSS Stonewall.

Stonewall was the only seagoing armored ship commissioned in the Confederate Navy, although her service was brief and uneventful. She was built for the Confederates in France as CSS Sphinx, but the government there would not allow her delivery. Her builders sold her to the Danes, but they would not accept her after their war with Prussia and Austria ended. The shipyard then resold her to the Confederacy, who commissioned her as CSS Stonewall in January 1865 while still in European waters. For her trans-Atlantic voyage she carried the names Staerkodder and Olinde. The armored ram arrived at Havana in May 1865, after the war had ended, and she was promptly surrendered to the Spanish, then to the US.

Stonewall is seen here in a US port following the Civil War. She saw no US Navy service, and was sold to Japan as Kotetsu in 1867. Later renamed Azuma, she was sold out of service in 1891.

As built, Stonewall was armed with a single 10 inch gun in a fixed "turret" at the bow, and two 6.4 inch guns in a casemate at the stern.

Stonewall's sistership Cheops was sold by her builders to Prussia as Prinz Adalbert.

Correct answers were received from: Doug Cook, Kevin D. Jones, Julian Barker, Joseph Chase, Kevin J. Foster, Mike Potter, Dave Mimms, Duane Funk, Masahiko Toshima, Andrew Moore, Christopher Olson, Marc Nucup, Garth Kidman, Chris Galm, Dave Moran, J. Kiel Nielsen, Bruce Urquhart, Jason Britt on, David Briedis, Scott E. Brauer, Carsten Larsen, Rich Austin, Jim Davis, Maurizio Brescia, Loren C. Mac Iver, Steven Sheppard, Stephen Taylor, Hunt Lewis, Tim Butler, Brian Viglietti, Scott Betterton, Mac McArthur, Bruce Paterson, Bll Rhodes, Dave Wyck off, John C. Driscoll, Rick Espanol, Anthony Lovell, Espen Arnestad, John Bradford, A. Smigielski, Raymond O'hara, John Hume, Jon Yuengling, Paul Davison, CDR Mike Fitzgerald, John Gaffney, Harry W. Weese, Masaki Ogasawara, Ronald Ehlert, Kelly Jernigan, Steve Hissem, Russ Frevele, Ståle Harang, Timothy Crick, Johan Bertilsson, Sal Mercogliano, Ersal Kronflogger, Ed McDowell, Art Niemoller, Andy Breen, Gunter Krebs, Stefan Devriendt, Klaus Haller, James Burdette, Werner L. Stunkel, Edgar Dutkowski, Philip Hungate, Mick Y. Mouse, Dave Nilsen, Bill Ullmann, Rob Paul, Rick Nixon, Ian Evans, Barry Holland, Tom Daniels, Steve Lehman, Jeff Smith, Bob Henneman, Craig Robbins, Mark Heath, Thomas Bruggmann.

Back to the Mystery Pictures Main Page

This section of the HG&UW site created and maintained by Andrew Toppan.
Copyright © 2003, Andrew Toppan. All Rights Reserved.
Reproduction, reuse, or distribution without permission is prohibited.