The construction of our iron clad navy is progressing favorably and rapidly. Three large war steamers, on the plan of the Monitor, are near completion at New York City, and will be launched about the latter end of July.
Three others are building at Boston,one at Wilmington Del., and two at Chester, Penn. — making nine in all. These vessels are all larger than the Monitor, of greater speed and weight of metal, and of course much more formidable. Each vessel is of not less than one thousand tons burden, 1, 450 tons displacement, and under eleven feet draft. They will each be armed with two 15 inch guns, and will be equally, efficient for sea service and harbor and river protection.
The Ironsides, which has been launched at Philadelphia, will, be ready for service in a few weeks. Her burden will be 3, 488 tons, displacement 3, 699, draft of water 13 feet. Her armament will be very powerful, and consist of two rifled 200 pound guns, and sixteen 11 inch smooth bores, which are demonstrated to be the most effective gun known at short range. The Ironsides is plated with heavy iron plates 5 1/2 inches thick and fastened with improved contrivances that will not jar the vessel or cause it to leak when struck by the enemy’s heavy shot.
At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the greatest exertions are made to complete the iron-clad frigate Roanoke by the first of August. This vessel will be clad with iron plates, four inches thick, and in point of speed an invulnerability, it is supposed, will prove superior to any vessel of the kind in the world.
In addition to these iron clad vessels, it is known that the government is building others, of the strongest character. When these vessels are completed, the iron clad navy of America will exceed in number of vessels, tonnage, weight of metal, and speed, the combined iron navies of all Europe.
Collection: The Civil War
Publication: Old Post Union
Date: July 5, 1862
Title: The Iron Clad Navy of America
Location: Vincennes, Indiana