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Monitor Log: 29 April 1862

The Monitor received hollow shot in a trade with the Steamer Parthenia on this day.   Since this shot was hollow, it required a smaller charge to achieve velocity (always attractive – and given the powder charge restrictions placed on the Monitor‘ s Dahlgrens – even more attractive). Also, the initial velocity of this type of shot was higher, making it good for close-range targets.

Remarks Tuesday April 29th/62


From Midnight to 4 A.M.

Commences & untill 4 AM light air from the south with dense fog                                                                                                                                      E.V. Gager



From 4 to 8 AM.

Wind S.W. & foggy                                                                

L. N. Stodder


From 8 to Meridian

Cleared off with fine & pleasant weather. light baffling airs from all parts

of the compass. received on board from Steamer Parthenia 20 hollow shot without

core in exchange for 20 do with core                                                                                                                                                                                                   Geo. Frederickson



From Meridian to 4 P.M.

Moderate breezes from Eastward, first part pleasant. latter part rainy

& coaling ship                                                                                                            

William Flye



From 4 to 6 P.M.

Wind N.E. & rain squalls, finished coaling ship total amount received

30 Tons                                                                                                                      

E.V. Gager



From 6 to 8 P.M

Wind north & clear                                                                




From 8 P. M to Midnight

Weather thick & overcast with gentle breezes from Eastward                                                                                                                                               Geo. Frederickson