'The Confederate Ram 'El Tousson', Constructed by Laird
Photo #: NH 58789 The Confederate Ram 'El Tousson', Constructed by Laird Line engraving published in The Soldier in Our Civil War, Vol. II, page 68. It depicts one of the two turret ironclads laid down in 1862 by Laird Brothers for the Confederate States. El Tousson was a cover name for the ship intended to become CSS North Carolina. Nominally under construction for Egypt, her true ownership became known and she was seized by the British government in 1863, purchased for the Royal Navy in 1864 and completed in October 1865 as HMS Scorpion. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.