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Monthly Archives: October 2011

contract and keel – 150 years ago today!

The ink was barely dry on the following document 150 years ago – today – when they laid the keel for Ericsson’s Battery at Continental Iron Works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.   This agreement made and entered into this twenty-fifth day of October A.D. 1861 by and between Thomas F. Rowland Agent in behalf of the […]

and now for something completely out of sequence….

In April 1951, the Associated Press announced (erroneously)that the USS Monitor had been found in 120 feet of water. The US Navy’s response at that time was that they had no plans to raise her. The Harvard Crimson reported that students at Harvard University had created the movement “American Students for Raising the Monitor,” and […]

It’s official…….or at least 150 years ago it was…..

October 4, 1861 This Contract in two parts, made and entered into this Fourth day of October, Anno Domini One Thousand Eight hundred and Sixty-one, between J. Ericsson of the City of New York as principal, and John F. Winslow, John A. Griswold and C.S. Bushnell as sureties on the first part, and Gideon Welles, […]