MONITOR vs MERRIMACK | US Civil War Ironclads in Battle
The USS Monitor vs CSS Virginia
Monitor vs Merrimack
I think that the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) was the better fighting machine. Although the initial meeting was a tie, I think the CSS Virginia held its own. The Monitor was just a single gun turret on a raft. The CSS Virginia was a fighting machine. The CSS Virginia had a total of 12 guns compared to the USS Monitor's 2.
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Monitor vs Merrimack
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CSS Virginia's info:
Displacement: approx. 3200 tons
Length: 275 ft (84 m)
Beam: 38.6 ft (11.8 m)
Draft: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h)
Complement: 320 officers and men
Armament: 2Ã7 inch (178 mm) rifles
2Ã6 inch (152 mm) rifles
6Ã9 inch (229 mm) Dahlgren smoothbores
2Ã12-pounder (5 kg) howitzers
Armor: Double iron plating; 2 inch (51 mm) thick
In this Corner USS Monitor
Cheesebox on a Raft
Displacement: 987 tons (1,003 metric tons)
Length: 172 ft (52 m)
Beam: 41 ft 6 in (12.6 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.2 m)
Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h)
Complement: 59 officers and men
Armament: 2 Ã 11 in (279 mm) Dahlgren smoothbores
Union Monitors 1861-65
The first seagoing ironclad was the USS Monitor, and its profile has made it one of the most easily recognised warships of all time. Following her inconclusive battle with the Confederate ironclad Virginia on March 9, 1862, the production of Union monitors was accelerated. By the end of the year a powerful squadron of monitor vessels protected the blockading squadrons off the Southern coastline, and were able to challenge Confederate control of her ports and estuaries. Further technological advancements were included in subsequent monitor designs, and by the end of the war the US Navy possessed a modern coastal fleet carrying the most powerful artillery afloat. This book covers the design, development and operational history of the Union's Monitor fleet.
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