re brought together it would be better, also, to have guns of like kind in each turret, and bring into action whichever might be preferable.
Each of the monitors of this squadron had a fifteen-inch and a smaller gun, (eleven-inch or eight-inch rifle,) and hence the rapidity of fire, which was most desirable, was not attained.
That this was due to the calibre of the gun, and not to its being located in a turret, may be shown by one notable instance.
November ninth, 1863, the Montauk, Captain Davis, was engaged in battering Sumter.
In so doing, the eleven-inch gun fired twenty-five shells successively in one hour, of which twenty-one hit the wall of the fort aimed at — distance sixteen hundred yards. This is at the rate of one shell in 2.4 minutes, which is not only rapid but also exceedingly accurate practice.
There is no reason why another eleven-inch, if placed in the adjoining carriage, (instead of the fifteen-inch,) could not have been fired in the same time, at which rate t