Posted by Mabry Tyson on August 12, 2002 at 09:46:55:
In Reply to: Re: CSS Virginia plans posted by Jim Forbus on August 11, 2002 at 05:42:42:
There are 6 drawings. The Mariners' Museum has two originals and images of all 6. I got to look at them from about 15 minutes. One of the drawings was from June '61 and is a design that doesn't include the submerged ends. IIRC, two of the drawings describe the pattern of the layers of iron on the shield. Honestly, I don't know if any of the drawings represent the final construction. The drawings appear to be to a scale. The numbers I saw are just a few which describe some of the dimensions; it is nothing like a plan as a draftsman today would draw.
Contact the Mariners' Museum to see about getting copies of the copies.
John Quarstein says he is publishing something about these drawings in about 8 months in one of the Civil War magazines.
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