Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Turret Awning

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Hall on October 11, 2010

Ironclad warship were infamously hot, both because of their metal construction and because, compared to traditional wooden-hulled vessels, they were very poorly ventilated. It was said that Monitor‘s galley reached a temperature of 150° F at times. As a result, most of the crew off-watch spent as much time as possible out on deck, and canvas awnings were set up whenever circumstances allowed.

Therer renders are of the awning fitted to Monitor‘s turret.

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  1. Dick Stanley said, on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Dark wooden decks were hot enough, though sailors of the wooden world often went barefoot. Ironclads eliminated that practice, I imagine.


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