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By John Lorimer Worden, Samuel Dana Greene, H. Ashton Ramsay

This is often the first-hand tale of what was once performed and visible and felt on both sides within the conflict of the display screen and the Merrimac. the particular stories on either vessels are pictured, in a single case through the commander of the video display, then a lieutenant, and the subsequent in rank, Lieutenant Greene, and within the different by way of Chief-Engineer Ramsay of the Merrimac. essentially this kind of checklist of non-public reports has a spot on its own within the literature of the topic.

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No guy used to be seen. You observed her relocating round that circle, offering her fireplace always on the element of touch, and heard the crash of the missile opposed to her enemy's armor above the thunder of her weapons, at the financial institution the place we stood. It was once indescribably grand! "Now," he persevered, "standing right here at the deck of this battle-scarred vessel, the 1st actual ironclad—the victor within the first struggle of the ironclads—let me make a confession and practice an act of easy justice: I by no means absolutely believed in armored vessels until eventually I observed this conflict. i do know all of the evidence which united to offer us the display screen. I withhold no credits from Captain Ericsson, her inventor, yet 21 THE display screen AND THE MERRIMAC i do know that the rustic is especially indebted for the development of this vessel to President Lincoln, and for the luck of her trial to Captain Worden, her commander. " 22 THE MERRIMAC AND THE visual display unit II THE MERRIMAC AND THE display screen instructed by means of H. Ashton Ramsay, significant C. S. A. , leader Engineer of the "Merrimac" T HE Merrimac was once inbuilt 1856 as a full-rigged war-frigate, of thirty-one hundred plenty' burden, with auxiliary steam strength for use merely in case of head winds. She used to be a hybrid from her start, marking the transition from sails to steam in addition to from wood ships to ironclads. I grew to become her moment assistant engineer in Panama Bay in 1859, cruising in her round the Horn and again 25 THE MERRIMAC AND THE computer screen to Norfolk. Her leader engineer used to be Alban C. Stimers. Little did we dream that he used to be to be the right-hand guy of Ericsson within the development of the visual display unit, whereas i used to be to carry an analogous put up within the conversion of our personal send into an ironclad, or that, in under a 12 months and a part, we might be looking to smash one another, he as leader engineer of the display screen and that i within the corresponding place at the Merrimac. within the harbor of Rio on our go back voyage we met the Congress, and as we sailed away after coaling she fired a pleasant salute and cheered us, and we answered with a will. whilst the 2 ships subsequent met it used to be in a single of the deadliest combats of naval background. The equipment of the Merrimac used to be condemned, and he or she went out of com26 THE MERRIMAC AND THE computer screen project on our go back. She was once nonetheless at Norfolk whilst the battle broke out, and was once set on fireplace by way of the Federals whilst Norfolk was once evacuated. a number of the workmen within the navy-yard scuttled and sank her, therefore placing out the flames. while she used to be raised by way of the Confederates she was once not anything yet a burned and blackened hulk. Her charred top works have been lower away, and within the middle a casement guard 100 and 80 ft lengthy used to be outfitted of pitch-pine and oak, ft thick. This used to be lined with iron plates, one to 2 inches thick and 8 inches vast, bolted over one another and during and during the woodwork, giving a protecting armor 4 inches in thickness. The protect sloped at an perspective of approximately thirty-six levels, and used to be lined three 27 THE MERRIMAC AND THE display screen with an iron grating that served as an higher deck.

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