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NH 72888 "The Gun Deck of the Merrimac"

Photo #: NH 72888  "The Gun Deck of the Merrimac"
Title: "The Gun Deck of the Merrimac"
Description: Photo #: NH 72888 The Gun Deck of the Merrimac Line engraving published in the Illustrated Times of London, 31 May 1862, purporting to depict the guns of CSS Virginia (ex-USS Merrimack) in action. This scene is entirely fanciful: The guns are British Armstrong 100-Pounder breech loading rifles, which Virginia did not have; the gunports are much too large; and the crews' clothing appears to combine features of British and French naval uniforms. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Catalog #: NH 72888
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