Re: Virginia's gunports?


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on November 04, 2001 at 11:52:20:

In Reply to: Virginia's gunports? posted by Jim Forbus on September 30, 2001 at 05:33:18:

The gun port shutters were not on the Virginia when she first went into battle. They were in the design but not yet installed. During the period March 9 - April 11, some were installed, but, according to Virginius Newton, apparently there was a problem.
> The attempt was made to fit them [the Virginia's gun ports]
> with wrought-iron shutters, but the device was
> not satisfactory and but few of her ports were so
> protected.

I am not sure what type shutters were used. There is one drawing by Johnson (in Besse) purportedly showing the Virginia as of March 9 showing shutters that were basically flaps hinged on the side. This seems like a questionable design to me and contradicts other sources as to whether there were any shutters at that date.

I do think I've seen more on the shutters but I couldn't find that information. If I find that, I'll let you know.



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