One of Alabama's guns put shots into Hatteras' hull, which caused the gunboat to take on water and sink. Bell put up the white flag and ordered all hands to abandon ship. Causalities from the battle were light. Two of Hatteras' firemen, both recent Irish immigrants, died when one of Alabama's shots hit the engine room. The rest of Hatteras' company was saved by Alabama except for the sailors in the small boat that deployed right before the battle. Seeing Hatteras defeated, those men quietly drifted away from Alabama, before rowing back to the Galveston blockade. Brooklyn later picked up the wayward boarding team and saw the remains of Hatteras sink. Thus, in the course of one month, the U.S. Navy lost three ships (Hatteras, Harriet Lane, and Westover) off the coast of Galveston to Confederate forces. Meanwhile, Alabama slipped away and headed towards Jamaica.
|A three dimensional sonar image of the remains of |
USS Hatteras (NOAA picture)
NOAA has since surveyed the wreck site with three dimensional sonar, released several images of the wreck site: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/press/2013/pr011113.html#photo