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…zealously claiming the attention…

Report on Ironclad Vessels Navy Department Bureau of Yards and Docks,September 16, 1862 Sir: The undersigned, constituting a board appointed by your order of the 8th ultimo, proceeded to the duty assigned to them, in accordance with the first section of an act of Congress, approved 3d of August 1861, directing the Secretary of the […]

“It strikes me there’s something in it…”

The Ironclad Board was not pleased when it learned that the design Bushnell was promoting belonged to John Ericsson.  But Bushnell would not give up on Ericsson’s strange design.  He used his friendship with Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles to insinuate himself into a meeting with President Lincoln and the Ironclad Board on September […]

Pook’s plan, Bushnell’s backing

One of the plans that was submitted for the Ironclad Board’s consideration was that of an iron gunboat to be named the Galena. This vessel was a 210-foot-long, sail-rigged vessel with six guns in her broadside. Designed by Samuel H. Pook of Connecticut, she would feature a curved, sloped casemate, 3 1/4 inches of iron plate, and […]

The Navy Department Will Receive Offers….

The knowledge that the Confederates were building an ironclad vessel prompted the Union into action. With the backing of Congress, the Navy Department took out advertisements in a number of newspapers across the northeast in early August, 1861. The Boston Daily Journal, New York Enquirer, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, New York Times, and The Baltimore Clipper […]