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The Great Eastern by Gary D. Crawford

Just 151 years ago, early on a fine August morning, a remarkable vessel was making ready to leave Hampton Roads bound for Annapolis. At 5 a.m. the captain gave orders to begin taking in the anchor. It was an operation that would take a full hour, for the cable weighed eight tons. Yes, it was a big ship. A bay steamer came up alongside, looking tiny against the hull of the

vast liner, bringing additional passengers. They paid three dollars apiece to come aboard for this brief but historic run up the Bay. It was Sunday, the 5th of August, in the year 1860, that last peaceful summer before the Civil War. Everyone knew that events were coming to a head. There was talk of secession, though some discounted that as southern bluster. Few believed

The United States steam frigate, Merrimac 131

January 2012 Tidewater Times  

January 2012 Tidewater Times

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