The USS Roanoke spent the first five months of its service with the United States Navy’s Home Squadron along the US east coast and in the Caribbean.
Roanoke was used to enforce the Union blockade in the Civil War during much of 1861 helping to capture or destroy four sailing vessels off the coast of North and South Carolina between mid-July and mid-October. In 1862-1863, the Roanoke was sent to New York City for conversion to a very large triple-turret ironclad ship.
TYPE: Screw Frigate
LAUNCHED: May 4, 1857
LENGTH: 263 feet, 8 inches
WEIGHT: 4,772 tons
BUILT: Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia
On loan from the Historical Society of Western Virginia