Photo #: 165-C-703
"City" Class armored gunboats
Under construction by James Eads, at St. Louis, Missouri, prior to October 1861.
This view shows four ships being built in pairs, at two levels on the shore, with casemate side timbers largely installed. Vertical timbers extending above the slanting casemate sides are framing for the ships' paddle-wheel boxes.
The four ships of this class built at St. Louis were Carondelet, Louisville, Pittsburg and Saint Louis.
Note building and flagpole in the right background, timber stockpile in the foreground, and twin rudder posts at the ships' sterns with the paddle raceway between them.
Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives.
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26 November 1999