Semisubmersible

The Confederate vessel in this photograph is called a David. This class of vessel was semisubmersible. This means it took on some ballast and settled low in the water so that only its top was visible. It carried an explosive device attached to a wood beam. The beam jutted from the David's nose and was rammed into the side of an enemy ship. These vessels usually operated at night. Many attacked Union ships blockading South Carolina's Charleston Harbor.

Folding smokestack

Wood forestock

Grip

Wood forestock

Steel blade

Grip

Steel blade

Brass hand guard

Brass hand guard

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