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CSS Georgia, a 1150-ton iron screw steam cruiser, was built Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1862 as the merchant ship Japan. Purchased secretly by the Confederate Government in March 1863, she was converted to a warship at sea in April. Placed in formal commission under the command of Lieutenant William L. Maury, CSN, Georgia cruised in the North and South Atlantic, capturing 9 United States' merchant vessels. She put into Cherbourg, France, in late October 1863 with her iron hull badly fouled by marine growth and was decommissioned as being unsuited for further use as a warship. Plans to transfer her armament to the Confederate cruiser Rappahannock fell through, and Georgia was sold to commercial interests.



Launched: 1862
Commissioned: April 9, 1863
Decommissioned: 1864
Fate: Sold
General Characteristics
Displacement: 600 tons
Length: 212 ft
Beam: 27 ft
Draught: ?
Propulsion: Steam engine and sails
Complement: ?
Armament: 2 100-pounder cannons, 2 24-pounder cannons, 1 32-pounder cannon

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