• Address: Mp 7.8 Union Ave (National Park tour road)
  • Vicinity: USS Cairo Museum
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Vehicle
  • Vehicle Type: Boat

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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1861/00/00 James B Eads Naval Architect USS CAIRO is designed by Samuel M Pook and built by river engineer James B Eads. Cairo was constructed at Mound City, Illinois.
1862/01/16 USS CAIRO is commissioned in January 1862.
1862/05/10 USS CAIRO is engages in Battle of Plum Point Bend on the Mississippi River about 4 miles above Fort Pillow, Tennessee.
1862/06/06 USS CAIRO is engaged in the First Battle of Memphis on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. First Battle of Memphis
1862/12/12 Lt Commander Thomas O Selfridge Jr leads a flotilla up the Yazoo River to destroy Confederate batteries and clear the channel of torpedoes. At 7 mi N of Vicksburg, the Cairo became the first ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo.
1964/12/12 Ingalls Ship Building Shipwright USS CAIRO is cut into 3 pieces, placed on barges and towed to Ingalls Shipyard on the Gulf Coast in Pascagula, Mississippi.

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Particulars for USS CAIRO:
Vehicle Type Boat
Boat Style Eads Ironclad or 'city class' gunboat
Owner Federal
Boat Use Gunboat
Criteria Historic Event
Boat Feature Ironclad
Area of Significance Maritime
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Naval Facility
Boat Type Ship
Owner State
Sight Category Vehicle

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 3rd September 1971

Registry Name: U.S.S. CAIRO
Registry Address: Ingalls Shipyard
Registry Number: 71000068
Resource Type: Structure
Owner: State, Federal
Architect: Eads,James B.
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Eads Ironclad
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Property moved
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Military Park
Level of Significance: National; State; Local
Area of Significance: Military, Maritime history
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1861, 1862
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Naval facility
Current Function: Vacant, not in use, Work in progress
Current Sub-Function:

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