A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds

By Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds

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The main deck of the ship was eight inches thick, of oak timbers resting upon oak beams, and was covered with two thicknesses of inch-thick iron plates strongly bolted down. The deck was very slightly domed, so that water would flow off the sides all around. There were three flagstaffsone was away forward and another clear aft, and these two were held upright by iron tripods bolted to the deck, the third flagstaff was above the pilot-house. The deck was cut through in many placesby the three hatchways mentioned, by a small circular hatchway over the anchorwell, a large oblong hatch over the propeller and a small one over the steamdrum just above the engine.

At eight bells (eight o'clock), hammocks were piped out, each man slung his hammock from the hooks which bore his ship's number, and before two bells (nine o'clock) we had turned in for the night. One of the watch-officers and one of the quartermasters was constantly on watch on the main deck, the watch being changed every four hours. The Nahant had been put in commission that day, with all of her officers present for duty. The officers were: Official Rank. Name. Office on the Nahant. Commander, John Downes, Captain.

Page ii A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah Folsom Hunter Edited and with an Introduction by Craig L. Symonds Page iv Title page photo: The Nahant leads a stationary parade of monitors laid up in ordinary at League Island, New York, after the war. Dust jacket photo: Called back into service for the Spanish-American War, the Nahant served as a harbor defense vessel. S. Navy). Copyright © University of South Carolina 1987 Published in Columbia, South Carolina, by the University of South Carolina Press Manufactured in the United States of America First paperback edition, 1991 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hunter, Alvah Folsom.

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