Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon

Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon (HMWKY)

Location: Georgetown, SC 29440 Georgetown County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 21.923', W 79° 16.932'

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In early 1865 the USS Harvest Moon, a 193-foot, 5-gun side-wheel steamer, was the flagship of Adm. John A. Dahlgren of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, U.S. Navy. It arrived off Georgetown and anchored nearby on February 26th. Confederate Capt. Thomas W. Daggett, in charge of coastal defenses from Little River to Georgetown, made plans to sink the Harvest Moon with a "torpedo," or mine.

Daggett, working on the 2nd floor of S.W. Rouquie's store here at 633 Front Street, built a keg torpedo and floated it out as the Harvest Moon steamed down the bay early on March 1, 1865. The blast blew a hole in the starboard quarter and main deck, and the ship sank in five minutes, with only one sailor killed. The smokestack of the Harvest Moon can still be seen at low tide in Winyah Bay, near Battery White.
Additional InformationThe smokestack of the Harvest Moon can still be seen at low tide in Winyah Bay. The stack is on the east side of the bay in shallow water across from navigation buoy #26. This is a shallow area with depths as low as 3 feet at MLWL.
Series This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series
Historical Period17th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker Number22-58
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Arthur M. Manigault Chapter #63, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Battery White Camp #1568, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 10:23am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] BOB CIMINEL 8/10/16  [2] BOB CIMINEL 8/10/16  
Locationbig map
Directions InformationUS-17 to St. James St. then right onto Front St. Marker is located on left at the clock tower.
Location DescriptionTwo-lane city street with diagonal parking on both sides.
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 659814 N 3693112
Decimal Degrees33.36538333, -79.28220000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 21.923', W 79° 16.932'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 21' 55.3800" N, 79° 16' 55.9200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)843
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 627 Front St, Georgetown SC 29440, US
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