Sketch of CSS Texas

Sketch of CSS Texas
Sketch of the CSS Texas at sea, by John W. H. Porter. Digital reproduction from original drawing. 1 p. Note: John W. H. Porter was the son of John Luke Porter, who served as Chief Naval Constructor for the Confederacy. Date approximated.
Original Format
31cm x 23cm
Local Identifier
Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Robert Minnes Jul 12 2020

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,I like to point out that your possession 0850-s2-fos2-i5 titled "Sketch of Confederate ironclad gunboat" by John Luke Porter is actually identified on the piece itself. If you look closely, Porter's father (the designer of the ship) has annotated the piece in badly faded pencil above the stern of the vessel as the "Texas built at Richmond", followed by the dimensions of the ship (of which one is illegible due to my poor Photoshop skills - I hope you will take a closer look at the piece and provide me with the missing info) and his signature. It follows therefore that it concerns the CSS Texas, on which I've done some research for Wikipedia. Please refer to that article ("CSS Texas (1865)") for specifics and citation sources.After its capture, the vessel had been put to see under its own power only once, as far is known. Since the Porter family was living in the vicinity of Norfolk at the time, it is most likely that Porter Jr. had witnessed the one and only trial run, though the addition of the CSA pennant and guns are a (wishful) flight of fancy. Since the vessel is shown in its last known configuration, it also narrows down the the date of the piece, around June 1865.Hoping to be of service,Kind regards,Robert Minnes

C R Solomon Jun 24 2014

the drawing is the CSS Texas - not the Virginia. The casemate shape, pilot houses on spar deck and # of guns are the Texas design - the last "Columbia" class hull. I think the drawing is by Porter's son too.

david stone Feb 07 2014

If you look closely there is writing over the stern, near the lighthouse, which reads "Texas, built at Richmond".  Seems it is identified after all.  

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