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A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters: Life Aboard the USS Saginaw

Hans Konrad Van Tilburg


The USS Saginaw was a Civil War gunboat that served in Pacific and Asian waters between 1860 and 1870. During this decade, the crew witnessed the trade disruptions of the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, the transportation of Confederate sailors to Central America, the French intervention in Mexico, and the growing presence of American naval forces in Hawaii. In 1870, the ship sank at one of the world's most remote coral reefs; her crew was rescued 68 days later after a dramatic open-boat voyage. More than 130 years later, Hans Van Tilburg led the team that discovered and recorded the Sagina ... More

Keywords: USS Saginaw, Civil War, gunboat, Pacific, Asian, Opium Wars, Taiping Rebellion, Confederate sailors, Central America, French intervention, Mexico, American, Hawaii, coral reefs, Hans Van Tilburg, Kure Atoll reef, shipwreck, archaeological search

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035161
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Konrad Van Tilburg, author
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration