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CSS Albemarle

Discussion in 'Civil War History - The Naval War' started by USS ALASKA, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. USS ALASKA

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  3. AndyHall

    AndyHall Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    Don't know the size of the charge, but there's a good sescription of the torpedo and how it worked here:

    http://www.navyandmarine.org/ondeck/1862albemarle_iii.htm

    The trick seems to have been to release it under the hull overhang, allow it to float up against the hull, and then detonate it -- that would maximize its effect nicely.
     
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    Also a good drawing and description of the torpedo in the ORN Vol. 10, pp.610 ff (drawing on 622d), but no mention of the amount of powder used that I saw.
     
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    No, that piece of dislodged casemate was the result of a misguided attempt by the USN to break the casemate open, presumably to recover the guns and anything else of value.
     
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    Was it the Union or the Confederates that salvaged her weapons? In a statement from a wiki page - "Confederate commander Alexander F. Warley, who had been appointed as her captain about a month earlier, later salvaged both of Albemarle's rifled cannon and shells and used them to defend Plymouth against subsequent Union attack—futilely, as it turned out." Unfortunately there is no source to attribute the quote for further investigation.


    Also repeated at the following web site - www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com/history-css_ram_albemarle.aspx "Her captain, Alexander Wharley CSN, who had been appointed to her about a month earlier, salvaged the guns and shells and used them to defend the town against the subsequent federal attack until he could see further resistance was fruitless." Also source-less.


    Then in the same wiki article - "One of her 6.4-inch (160 mm) double-banded Brooke rifled cannon is on display at the Headquarters of the Commander U. S. Fleet Forces Command at the Norfolk, Virginia, naval base." Which would imply that it was removed during her repair at Norfolk - meaning the Union salvaged it. Unless the Union captured the gun at Plymouth, NC and transported it to Norfolk as a war prize.


    Confused again,
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