The Galena

The third ship recommended by the board was the Galena. By all accounts she was a poor ship; in her first engagement, in the James River in 1862, she was badly knocked about by Confederate batteries. Throughout her career she had a poor reputation, although it is hard to see why. Her designer was S. H. Pook, earlier and later a naval constructor of note, and her builder was C. S. Bushnell, Ericsson's partner. Her construction was as conventional as the New Ironsides, with a 45degree slope to her sides and 4 inches of armor. The engines were the Ericsson vibrating-lever type, used successfully in many ships, from the Princeton to the Monitor. Nevertheless, she was not successful; she served throughout the war and was present at Mobile Bay, but she gained no distinction.

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