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CanisD
Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 12th, 2014, 8:04 pm
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Resources on Confederate ironclads are sketchy at best. No idea if her lower hull would have had copper plating, but since she was basically built in a corn field in rural eastern North Carolina, I'd doubt it. Supplies were very short and its entirely possible she was just bare wood. I know the replica of Neuse has bare wood on her lower hull, but I'm not sure if the actual hull they recovered had anything on it. One Confederate ironclad even sank due to worms boring holes in her hull, so long term survivability wasn't much of a consideration.

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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 12th, 2014, 8:12 pm
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Ah CanisD, very good points! I suppose also as well as lack of supplies and need for endurance, I don't know if this is the case over in the States but in a number of Australian rivers it's better to have wood than iron below the waterline as the chemical composition of the water eats up Iron faster than the wood can be damaged/eaten away by critters.

Though I can imagine a lot of Ironclads on the South Side had no form of underwater preservation due to the details you listed

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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 12th, 2014, 8:27 pm
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Resources were extremely limited. Most of Albemarle and Neuse's armor came from chopped up train tracks and the Confederate Army didn't appreciate their rail lines being appropriated by the Navy. Boilers often came from locomotives or old steam ships and were barely adequate. The squadrons in Richmond and Charleston were considerably higher quality since they had better access to industry.

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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 12th, 2014, 11:33 pm
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Interesting details.


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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 13th, 2014, 1:35 am
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At least part of the cost of the two ironclads in Charleston was funded by "The Ladies Gunboat Society," that leads to visions of ironclad bake sales.

There is a replica of the Albemarle in Plymouth, NC

http://www.visitplymouthnc.com/ThingsTo ... s.asp?ID=5

John Porter, the CSN's chief designer, drew up the plans for a "standard" ironclad design for construction throughout the Confederacy.

http://www.historynet.com/css-albemarle ... il-war.htm

I have a good book on the Albemarle and I'll chack on copper plating. She was indeed built of "railroad armor."


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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 13th, 2014, 1:52 pm
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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 13th, 2014, 3:01 pm
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Just to confirm what CanisD said, Neuse's underwater hull had no plating of any kind.

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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 13th, 2014, 3:59 pm
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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 13th, 2014, 4:51 pm
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Wow! Very interesting ship!


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Post subject: Re: American civil war 1861-1865Posted: March 14th, 2014, 5:36 am
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Very cool DP!

We're running low on Civil War Ironclads that need drawing!

I've the Roanoke about 80% done. Had to combine source drawings, The Navy supplied hull with the Navy supplied modifications drawings.

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