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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2019 10:26 p.m. PST

… Maiden Voyage of the USS Monitor.

"ON MARCH 9, 1862, the U.S. Navy ironclad gunboat USS Monitor fought a four-hour duel against the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. But the world's first combat between armoured warships might have been just the second-toughest thing Monitor's crew had to endure that week.

Sure, the battle itself at Hampton Roads was a terrifying affair, as Confederate shells repeatedly banged off the Monitor's armoured turret. One struck the exposed pilot house, exploding and temporarily blinding the Union warship's captain. Inside the hull, the crew fought in smoky, semi-darkness, seeing nothing and hearing little except the deafening crash of their own cannons…"
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Pyrate Captain09 Oct 2019 12:38 p.m. PST

That means the Monitor's turret crew made 640 full rotations throughout the battle.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2019 11:56 a.m. PST



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