Re: Forged and Lathe-Spun Close Tolerance Cannon Balls


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Posted by Jeff Johnston on February 08, 2006 at 10:04:53:

In Reply to: Forged and Lathe-Spun Close Tolerance Cannon Balls posted by James A Miller Jr on August 02, 2005 at 23:50:02:

: One advantage the USS Monitor likely took into battle and the CSS Virginia likely did not; is that forged (heavier, like depleted uranium today), and lathe-spun close-tolerance cannon balls were specially made for the USS Monitor (at Novelty Iron Works?), and presumedly taken on board and available at the battle. Were they used? Have any been recovered and weighted?
: Jim Miller, Southport, North Carolina

Although Alban Stimers had wrought iron projectiles made for the Monitor's upcoming battle with the Virginia, John Dahlgren forbid them from being used. They were taken off the ship later in March 1862.

(Dahlgren was worried about stressing the breeches of the Dahlgren shell guns.)




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