USS Harriet Lane  Side-Wheel Gunboat (1861-1863) by Dennis Melling

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My vector drawing (not an automated copy) of the american civil war USS Harriet Lane with a sky background provided by PDimages and a seascape made in gimp using detail from an image supplied by PDimages.

American Civil War
USS Harriet Lane (1861-1863).
Originally USRC Harriet Lane (1858-1861)
USS Harriet Lane , a 750-ton side-wheel gunboat, was built at New York City in 1857 as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane . In addition to carrying out her Revenue Service duties, she served with the Navy during the Paraguay expedition of 1858-59. Returning to Navy control in late March 1861, as the secession crisis deepened, Harriet Lane took part in the attempt to relieve Fort Sumter when that vital position in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, was beseiged by Confederate forces. While so engaged, on 12 April 1861, she fired the first U.S. Navy shot of the Civil War.
Built in New York for the U.S. Revenue Service in 1857, the Harriet Lane was powered by a combination of steam and sail. She was 180 ft. long, with a 30 ft. beam, and carried a 30 lb. Parrott rifle, plus three 9" smooth-bore Dahlgrens. Her design clearly illustrates the transition from sail to steam, as steam engines were not entirely reliable, and power was not yet sufficient to allow the elimination of sail.

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  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago

    wow .. awesome work

  • Thank you Angel – old ships, my favourite subject :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 1 year ago

    Chosen for Imagination / Ambiance / Workmanship / & Thought.

  • Thank you Larry – very much appreciated :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    Excellent artwork in this terrific painting!!! Congratulations on being featured!!! Bill

  • Thank you very much Bill, much appreciated :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Hope Ledebur
    Hope Ledeburover 1 year ago

    An awesome image. I’ll have to look-up Harriet Lane. The Pediatrics Building (razed in the early 1960’s), at Johns Hopkins Hospital was named Harriet Lane.

  • Thank you very much Hope :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala7 months ago

    Dennis you have outdone yourself! Wow! This is really impressive!

  • Thank you very much Leigh :)
    When I was sailing in the Caribbean I was caught out in many night-time, rainless, storms and it was just like being in the middle of a battle.

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Kealaabout 1 month ago

    This is excellent work!

  • Thank you Leigh :)

    – Dennis Melling

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