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U.S.S. Galena: 1862

U.S.S. Galena: 1862

1862. On the James River in Virginia. "Effect of Confederate shot on Federal ironclad Galena." Wet plate glass negative by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

"Facilities" onboard!

This is a ship of war and not a cruise ship like today. Common in these days throw unwanted item over the side including "doing your duty"! "Sitting" on the rail was normal but this war ship had a different shape to it as it has an armor belt along the sides, changing the the profile of the tumblehome, making it wide. The stains are from #1 and the box is for the other. I'm sure other stuff was disposed in this same manner. Also with a normal shape to the sides or tumblehome, the stains would not happen. Remember, this was wartime and no time for convenience.

Muster rolls for the crew

Does anyone know where I can find a muster for the crew?

USS Galena

Wow, that one shot caught her just at the waterline. I note the funnel or chute about midship that discharges overboard. Was that for general garbage or human waste? Looks a bit streaky below where it empties!

 
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