‘A torpedo exploded under us or very near to us; it lifted the vessel a little, but I am unable to perceive that it has done us any damage.
I have no accident to report.’
After approaching the obstructions as above described, the Weehawken
's bow was turned to seaward, in order to prevent being swept upon the obstructions by a strong flood tide then running, and steaming a few hundred feet to the southward enabled the Passaic
to turn in her wake, the Montauk
The working of the guns of the Weehawken
was entirely satisfactory.
Eleven Xv-inch, and fifteen Xi-inch shells were fired; she was struck fifty-three times in forty minutes; the missiles were formidable; two or three of them struck the side armor near the same place and so broke the plates that they remained only in fragments, the wood backing being exposed.
The deck was pierced so as to make a hole through which water ran into the vessel.
Thirty-six bolts were broken in the turret and many in the pilot-house, the number not ascertained, as they were concealed by an iron lining.
At one time the turret revolved with difficulty, having been wedged by a fragment of a shell between its top and the pilot-house.
From the Passaic
, next in line, buoys of various descriptions were observed and also the torpedo that burst near the bow of the Weehawken
When opposite the centre of the northeast face of Sumter
, the vessel was near some obstructions that seemed to extend from Sumter
At the moment of the fourth discharge from the Xi-inch gun the Passaic
was struck by two heavy shot in the lower part of the turret, which bulged in the plates and beams, and forced the rails together upon which the gun was worked, disabling it for several hours.
Soon after, a portion of the brass ring surrounding the turret was broken, and temporarily