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CSS Florida by Edward D. Walker


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The CSS Florida was a cruiser in the Confederate States Navy. She was built on the River Mersey in England under the name Oreto for security reasons by William C. Miller & Son and was purchased by the Confederacy from  Fawcett & Preston also of Liverpool. On March 22, 1862, Oreto sailed out of the River Mersey as a merchant ship for the Bahamas. By August of that year, she was converted into a warship, commissioned into the Confederate Navy, and re-named CSS Florida. The CSS Florida was 191 feet in length with a beam of 27 feet 2 inches and a draft of 13 feet. Typical speed was 9.5 knots. She sank at Newport News, VA, on Nov. 28, 1864, after a collision with the USAT Alliance, a troop ferry.