Speak Like a Sailor
The ships have changed but much of the vocabulary is still in use. Brush up on your vocabulary here.
Read it, Feel it, Live it
William Keeler was the Acting Paymaster aboard the USS Monitor and his letters home to his wife are an astonishing account of life aboard the ironclad.
"As we neared the land, clouds of smoke could be seen hanging over it in the direction of the Fortress (Monroe), & as we approached still nearer little black spots could occasionally be seen suddenly springing into the air, remaining stationary for a moment or two & then gradually expanding into a large white cloud-these were shells & tended to increase the excitement. As the darkness increased, the flashes of guns lit up the distant horizon & bursting shells flashed in the air."
- Read the William Keeler letters.
Now that you've read all about Keeler, take our little quiz to see how well you would do under pressure. Don't worry, unlike William Keeler no one will be firing cannons at you while you try to write.
Navigate Around the Ships
Now that you've got your sea legs under you, go ahead and print these diagrams and label them. If you're sure you've got it right, go ahead and have a peek at the answer key. Just don't cheat or you'll be swabbing the deck, matey!
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