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[95] impeded revolving the turret. A very heavy rifle-shot struck the upper edge of the turret, broke all of the plates forming it, then glancing, struck the pilot-house above, indenting it two and a half inches nearly the whole length of the shot. It disarranged the top of the pilot-house and lifted one side of it three inches. The vessel was struck thirty-five times; several bolt-heads were knocked off and thrown into the pilot-house and turret. The vessel fired four Xi-inch and nine Xv-inch shells. There was great difficulty in managing the vessel and keeping clear of her consorts, owing to the limited range of vision from the holes in the pilot-house and to the dense smoke.

The Montauk experienced difficulty in maneuvering in the narrow and uncertain channel, with the limited means of vision, under the rapid and concentrated fire of the enemy. The vessel was struck fourteen times without receiving material injury. She fired ten Xv-inch cored shot, sixteen solid Xi-inch shot, and one shell.

The Patapsco opened fire with 150-pounder rifle when within thirteen hundred yards of Sumter, and when within eleven hundred yards with the Xv-inch gun. On the fifth discharge the cap-square bolts of the rifle gave way, disabling that gun for two hours.

The Montauk, next ahead, following the head of the line, turned seaward. At that time several rows of buoys were observed above and near, and further within the harbor, a row of piles. Endeavoring to turn a step's length short of the Montauk's wake, the headway of the Patapsco ceased, and the vessel no longer obeyed the helm. She was backed, and got off, having been stationary long enough to afford the enemy an excellent opportunity, which was availed of, for delivering a heavy concentrated fire. At this time she was supposed to be six hundred yards from Sumter and double that

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