USS Cairo Quick Facts

USS Cairo Gunboat
USS Cairo Gunboat

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The USS Cairo is on display and open to the public at Vicksburg National Military Park. Visitors have the unique opportunity to set foot on a Civil War ironclad and see the damage that led to it's sinking in 1862. The accompanying museum and summer ranger programs help bring life aboard the gunboat to life.

Quick Facts For the USS Cairo

Ironclad River Gunboat: City Class
Constructed: Mound City, IL
Length: 175 ft
Tonnage: 152
Top Speed: 6 Knots
Crew Size: 251 Officers and Men
Commissioned: January 16, 1862
Torpedoed and Sunk: December 12, 1862
Raised: December 12, 1964
Learn more about the ironclad and its unique story Also Explore the Virtual Museum Exhibit for the USS Cairo and Vicksburg National Military Park

Last updated: November 30, 2023

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3201 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183


601 636-0583

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