Friday, November 28, 2008

The monitor Casco

The Casco class shallow-draft monitor design was a failure. The displacement was inadequate for the planned weights. The Casco was completed as a spar torpedo boat, but was totally unsuited for such as role, as her speed was only 5 knots. This picture probably shows the Casco on the James River, which she cleared of mines.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The USS Cumberland, later sunk by the CSS Virginia

This is said to be a photograph of the USS Cumberland, a sailing corvette, that was sunk by ramming by the CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads in 1862.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The cruiser Shah

The most notable event in the career of the British unarmoured cruiser Shah was in 1877, when the Shah and the Amethyst fought an action against the Peruvian ironclad Huascar. The main lesson from the battle was that large cruisers needed some protection in the form of armour. The Shah and Amethyst were unable to damage the Huascar. Had the Peruvians been able to fire accurately, William Hovgaard thought that the Huascar might have defeated the two unarmoured cruisers. The Shah was nominally 6,250 tons and carried 2-9in MLR, 16-7in MLR, and 8-64pdr MLR. The Shah had a maximum speed of 16.2 knots.