At the Vicksburg National Military Park I was able to see the Ironclad U.S.S. Cairo. This was one of the first ironclad ships built by the US Navy. The Cairo was the lead ship in the "City" Class gunboats. It was named for the city of Cairo, Illinois. During June 1862, the Cairo participated with other ships in the capture of Fort Pillow Tennessee on the Mississippi River. With the capture of the fort it enabled the capture of Memphis. Her career came to a halt on December 12, 1862. During the Yazoo Pass Expedition, she sunk while clearing mines in the Yazoo River. She was the first ship to be sunk in combat by a mine remotely detonated by hand.
|A view of the paddle wheel frames. This is what drove the ship.|
|A view of the engines. These are the five boilers.|
|The ship was armed with x3 8-inch smoothbore cannons, x3 42 pounder rifled cannons, x6 32 pounder rifled cannon, x1 30 pounder rifled cannon, and x1 12 pounder rifled cannon.|
|The rudder and stern of the ship.|
|I highly recommend a visit to the Vicksburg National Military Park. There are not many surviving ironclads still in existence. The Cairo is well worth the visit.|