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Hardluck ironclad : the sinking and salvage of the Cairo

Author: Edwin C Bearss
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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On the morning of December 12, 1862, the Union gunboat Cairo, nosing her way up the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, triggered two Confederate demijohn mines. Within minutes the 512-ton ironclad had sunk six fathoms to the muddy bottom with no loss of life -- the first armored war vessel ever downed by an electrically activated mine. A whole new era of naval warfare had begun. In Hardluck Ironclad Edwin  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edwin C Bearss
ISBN: 0807106836 9780807106839 0807106844 9780807106846
OCLC Number: 5726773
Description: xiii, 222 pages, [17] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Cairo is rediscovered --
Eads builds the ironclads --
The Cairo on patrol duty --
Action off Plum Point --
Defeat at Memphis --
A new captain comes aboard --
Rendezvous with history --
"Operation Cairo" begins --
Salvaging a Civil War ironclad --
Bits and pieces from the past --
Plans for the future --
The Cairo returns to Vicksburg.
Responsibility: Edwin C. Bearss.

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On the morning of December 12, 1862, the Union gunboat Cairo, nosing her way up the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg, Mississippi, triggered two Confederate demijohn mines. Within minutes the 512-ton ironclad had sunk six fathoms to the muddy bottom with no loss of life -- the first armored war vessel ever downed by an electrically activated mine. A whole new era of naval warfare had begun. In Hardluck Ironclad Edwin Bearss tells how he and two other Civil War historians discovered the Cairo almost a century later -- still intact at the bottom of the Yazoo, her big guns loaded and ready to fire, much of the gear aboard just as it was that December morning when the crew abandoned her -- and how, almost miraculously, she was later salvaged and restored. - Back cover.

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