U.S.S. SAN JACINTO

This warship is yet another civil war gunboat. The U.S.S. San Jacinto was one of the earliest American built steam vessels. In fact, she was built as an experimental ship to test the technology of new propulsion concepts. She was laid down by the New York Navy Yard in August of 1847 and launched on April 16, 1850. A screw frigate, the Jacinto was 234 feet long, and had a 38 foot beam. During her life on the sea she was plagued by unreliable machinery which was always in need of repair. Naval support to northern troops, capturing the blockade runners Lizzie Davis, Fox, Edward, Roebuck and Lealtad; diplomatic missions overseas; and involvement in China’s Second Opium War, the San Jacinto met her doom by running aground on New Year’s Day, 1865. At the time of her demise, she was engaged in blockade duty for the U.S. Navy. Her guns and some of her provisions were recovered, but all efforts to salvage the vessel were unsuccessful.
Courtesy Steamship Historical Society Collection, University of Baltimore Library.
This wreck sits on a slope with a maximum depth of 40 feet. Her structure is scattered due to the constant pounding of the sea which leaves us no clue as to the shape she once held.