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Civil War Era Submarine

History Identity The Pioneer Clues Conservation

The history of the museum's submarine can be traced to 1878 when it was removed from Lake Pontchartrain and placed on the levee by a dredge crew working near the mouth of Bayou St. John. For years after its recovery, the boat lay neglected on the lakeshore. By 1895, it was placed on display at Spanish Fort where it became a prominent landmark. A period of neglect followed, during which the submarine was taken from its wooden stand at the Fort and left lying in the weeds. A remaining propeller blade was removed by vandals and large areas of loss appeared along the lower hull. Later, in 1908, it was moved to the Camp Nicholls Confederate Home on Bayou St. John. In 1942, it was acquired by the State Museum and moved to Jackson Square. Some years later the museum transferred it into the lower Pontalba Building, where it was featured in a "Defense Exhibit." It was eventually moved under the Presbytere arcade in 1957 before being transferred to the conservatory in December of 1999.

submarine on bank of Bayou St. John at Spanish Fort, 1900
Louisiana State Museum submarine on bank of Bayou St. John at Spanish Fort, c. 1900.





Louisiana State Museum submarine on bank of Bayou St. John at Spanish Fort, c 1900

Louisiana State Museum submarine, Spanish Fort Amusement Park, c 1895 (Photograph by George F Mugnier)

Louisiana State Museum submarine, Spanish Fort Amusement park, c 1895 (Photograph by George F Mugnier)

Louisiana State Museum submarine, Spanish Fort Amusement park, c 1895 (Photograph by George F Mugnier)

Louisiana State Museum submarine, Spanish Fort, c 1895 (Photograph by George F. Mugnier)

Louisiana State Museum submarine, Jackson Square, c 1945

Louisiana State Museum submarine under Presbytere arcade, c 1995

Louisiana State Museum submarine under Presbytere arcade, c 1995

Louisiana State Museum administrators inspecting submarine at Jackson Square, c 1952

Ironclad Ram Manassas under fire at Fort Jackson and St. Philip, April 24 1862

Drawing of the Louisiana State Museum Submarine by Historian Signey H. Schell

Rebel Submarine ram diagram

Moving the submarine into LSM

Moving the submarine into LSM