CSS Virginia

CSS Virginia

Ordered: 1861
Laid down: 1862 (overlay USS Merrimack)
Launched: 8 March 1862
Commissioned: 1862
Fate: scuttled by crew, 11 May 1862

General Characteristics
Type: Ironclad Ram
Displacement: approx. 4500[1] tons
Length: 275 ft (84 m)
Beam: 38.6 ft (11.8 m)
Draft: 22 ft (6.7 m)
Speed: 9 knots (17 km/h)
Complement: 320 officers and men
2×7 inch (178 mm) rifles
2×6 inch (152 mm) rifles
6×9 inch (229 mm) Dahlgren smoothbores
2×12-pounder (5 kg) howitzers

Double iron plating; 2 inch (51 mm) thick

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