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Monitor Log: 27 April 1862

Some of the Monitor crew might have enjoyed seeing their former ship, the USS Sabine, arrive in Hampton Roads on this day. At least 10 crewmen from the Sabine volunteered for service on the USS Monitor when Lt. John Lorimer Worden made the request.

The Monitor also was hostess to another distinguished visitor – Caleb Blood Smith, the Secretary of the Interior, dropped by for a tour of the ironclad on this day, and the engineers received a shipment of white and red lead – in this instance the white lead was most likely for lubrication, while the red lead was likely used as an anti-fouling primer, as can be seen on artist’s renderings of the Monitor.

Remarks  Sunday April 27th /62


From Midnight to 4 A.M.

Begins with moderate breeze from N.E. & cloudy                

Geo Frederickson



From 4 to 8 A.M.

Same wind & weather                                                            

William Flye



From 8 AM to Meridian

Wind N.E. & cloudy weather, workmen came off in our Tender  at 9 AM.

bringing 4 pieces of Iron for Pilothouse, received a roll of packing from Eng. Dept, Frigate Sabine Gun boat Mt. Vernon, arrived, received a visit from Sect of Interior

and friends.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         E.V. Gager



From Meridian to 4 P.M.

Wind N.E. & misty                                                                

L. N. Stodder



From 4 to 6 P.M.

Wind light from N.E. with thick & cloudy weather  received for the Engineers

Depart 8 kegs of white lead  1 [?] of red & 2  cans of oil                              

Geo. Frederickson



From 6 to 8 P.M.

Same wind & weather                                                            

William Flye




From 8 to Midnight

Light airs E.N.E.  Drizzling rain & foggy  Picket boats out saw a light on

Sewalls[1] Point a short time during the watch                                                            

E.V. Gager

[1] Sewells