r-Admiral) John A. Winslow. appear that the Kearsarge had the advantage in size, weight of ordnance and number of guns and crew ; but this, like many other of his assertions, is disputed by official records, which state as follows:
4 short 32-pounders, weight of projectile, 128
2 11-inch pivot-guns, weight of projectile, 272
1 30-pounder rifle, weight of projectile, 30
7 guns, 430
6 long 32-pounders, 192
1 rifled 100-pounder, (Blakeley） 100
1 8-inch shell-gun, 68
8 guns, 360
In speed the Kearsarge had somewhat the advantage.
In tonnage the vessels were almost the same.
The Kearsarge had 163 officers and men, the Alabama, 149.
It was a matter of little consequence what battery the Alabama carried, as so few of her shots struck the Kearsarge and if, as has been asserted, many of Semmes' crew were old English man-of-war's men, their shooting did little credit to their training.
With wise precaution,