From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Barataria (or Barrataria) Bay is on the southeast coast of Louisiana. It was the base of Jean Lafitte and his pirates.

(IrcGbt: T. 400; a. 2 guns)

The Confederate ironclad gunboat Barrataria was captured by the Army at New Orleans; transferred to the Navy 1 January 1863; outfitted at New Orleans; and with Master F. E. Blanchard in command, reported to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron.

While making a reconnaissance in Lake Maurepas, La. 7 April 1863, Barrataria struck a snag at the mouth of the Amite River. Unable to free herself and under Confederate fire, the gunboat had to be abandoned and burned to prevent capture.