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WILL-O-THE-WISP. The Will-o-the-Wisp, a sidewheel steamer, was a Civil War blockade runner lost off Galveston while attempting to enter port in early February 1865. Its hull measured 238 by 23 feet and was constructed of 1-inch iron. The cargo and machinery were at least partly salvaged. The vessel had been built in a hasty and slipshod manner on the Clyde River in England especially for the blockade-running trade. The wreck of the Will-o-the-Wisp (archeological site 41GV90) was relocated during a magnetometer survey conducted jointly by the Marine Archeological Society of Texas and the Texas Antiquities Committee in 1983.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Galveston News, March 29, February 24, 1865. Nowlin Randolph, "Judge William Pinckney Hill Aids the Confederate War Effort," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 68 (July 1964).
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