Friday, December 10, 2010

Battering Rams

A considerable curiosity was excited on Saturday last by the appearance, at the landing, of several steamers razeed [sic] and altered by covering their sides with two thicknesses of timber, each being about eight inches thick, and composed of live oak.  The prows are iron-plated, and quite sharp.  These are the boats that were purchased at Pittsburgh some months since, and they have been converted into rams.  They are very powerful, and are intended to run down and sink rebel craft on the Western rivers. {Cincinnati Gazette, 12th.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, May 17, 1862, p. 3

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