- Feb 28, 2019
I think if the lairds rams were commissioned in the Confederate Navy they would have been able to "close in" on any Union Wooden Ship and "blast it to pieces" without really having to aim. But the Shenandoah was efficient in sinking ships with its guns, so I imagine the laird rams would be too.We really don't know how the Fawcett & Preston guns would have been mounted, but I'm guessing on Captain Blakely's patent iron carriages. They worked well on land, and I think off the top of my head either Alabama and or Shenandoah had them at sea. Incidentally Dawson's comments on the 95cwt 68pdr at sea are totally at variance with the accounts by HMS Warrior's gunnery officer.