Virginia's Decks


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Posted by John Weber on September 10, 2002 at 20:03:06:

Hello. My name is John Weber.
I am currently working on a model kit of the CSS Virginia and I have a question.
The instructions say to make the decks smooth because the Virginia had steel decks.
Another reference (Osprey Books Confederate Ironclad 1861-65 by Angus Konstam)states that the upper decks were never armored because designers did not consider "Plunging" fire a threat.
So I am hoping that someone can answer my question for me: Did the CSS Virginia have steel decks or wooden decks. Also: was the fantail steel or wooden?
Any information would be appreciated. You can post here or write directly to me at modelerjw@aol.com.

Thanks
John


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