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U.S.S. Cairo Museum

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Address: Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183-3495
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Tour the first boat to be sunk by a torpedo.

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Civil War Gunboat

This armored gunboat survived less than a year in the Civil War. It was discovered and raised in 1964. The restoration is well displayed and the attached museum is well done. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This armored gunboat survived less than a year in the Civil War. It was discovered and raised in 1964. The restoration is well displayed and the attached museum is well done. It is part of the Vicksburg National Military Park. Free admission.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In December of 1862, the Union ironclad gunboat Cairo and several other vessels steamed up the Mississippi River north of Vicksburg to destroy Confederate batteries. Suddenly, two quick explosions tore holes in the Cairo’s bottom and in minutes she lay on the river bottom, only the tops of its smokestack and flagstaff showing above water. Cairo was the first vessel... More 

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Addingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great exhibit coupled to a good museum with many items recovered from the wreck. Very Good.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In 1960 a team of engineers and historians found and raised from the mud of the Mississippi River the remains of the U. S. S.. Cairo, a Union gunboat sunk during the Civil War. The museum accompanying the partially reconstructed boat contains a treasure trove of artifacts from the boat. The boat itself is displayed outside with much of the... More 

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent well preserved exhibit. There is a small welcome center that has a small exhibition. The actual ship is under a huge canopy which was good as it was a very sunny hot day. There are plenty of informative signs around the strcture. Also a nice picnic area and large car park

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Magnolia, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cairo was wonderful, The exhibit was very well done and very informative. Be sure to stop and walk thru the boat and visit the building. The artifacts of the Cairo are located inside the building. The Cairo was sunk December 12,1862 which was cool to see what was on there at that time. Also The Shirley House was owned... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had no idea about the Cairo.... Exhibit was very well done and very informative! Be sure to stop and walk thru the boat....don't skip this stop!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Civil war buffs will be fascinated by this aspect of the naval part of the civil war and others will still want to walk around the actual ship and the small museum.

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Story about the USS Cairo was very interesting and the many artifacts were grouped by categories and amazingly preserved.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very impressive gunboat which you can walk in, really helping to understand naval life during that time.

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