Contemporary watercolor of the USS Wyoming.

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I don't think the "extra" gunports are too surprising, or unrealistic. Ships often had more ports than guns. The Navy was just transitioning from broadside sloops like Hartford to the new type with a few heavy pivot guns - which used ports on both sides. The new-style sloops could carry heavy broadside batteries when necessary, such as Juniata and Ticonderoga at the bombardment of Fort Fisher.
 
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