The Confederate Ironclad Navy

Stiles/Akin

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rebelatsea

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Is this an iron-hull or an iron-clad (casement) wooden hulled vessel?
She was a conversion of an iron hulled merchant steamer Fingal. Cut down to the main deck, a new deck and superstructure based on the "small Missisissippi" plan was used to make her an ironclad. Although the casemate was longer by some 20 -25ft because the top of Fingals engine protruded into the casemate. Contrary to received wisdom her armour was not two layers of 2" plate as designed, but the lower, horizontal layer had alternate strakes of wood and iron "to make fastening of the outer layer easier". Which is actually B*****Ks because every other ironclad had a double or triple layer of iron. One suspects fraud. I have not been able to discover if the CS treasury actually paid for the missing iron, but am sure they did! The other thing is that despite the photographic evidence and the union survey authors continue to depict the ship with the wrong underwater profile and with port and starboard sides reversed.
 



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