The vessel was struck thirty-six times, one man was fatally injured, two others severely, and four others slightly, all by flying bolts or other fragments inside the pilot-house and turret.
Several of the plates on the side armor were badly broken, and at one place, where two shots had struck near each other, the plating was partly stripped from the wood, the backing broken in, and the edging of deck-plates started up and rolled back in places.
On the port quarter and side the plating was deeply indented and started from the side to the stern.
The deck had two very damaging shots, one near the propeller well, quite shattering the plate and starting twenty-five bolts; another starting the plate and twenty bolts.
The smoke-stack received three shots; one pierced the armor, making a hole fifteen inches long and nine broad, displacing the grating inside, and breaking seven bolts.
The turret received nine shots; fifty-six bolts were perceptibly broken, the nuts stripped from the inside, and the bolts themselves protruded almost their length; some of them, in fact, having actually been forced out, were found lying on the deck; doubtless many others were broken that had not then been detected, as some bolts seemingly sound were afterward found loosened.
One shot struck the upper part of the turret, breaking through every plate, parting some of them in two, three, and four places.
The pilot-house bore marks of six shots, three of Xi-inch diameter, twenty-one bolts were broken and others started, and the plates were much started; in the opinion of the commanding officer
, a few more such shot would have demolished it. One of the missiles at the base broke through every plate, and evidently nearly penetrated.
During the action the Nahant
fired seven Xv-inch and eight Xi-inch projectiles.
It was not until 5 P. M. of the next day that the turret was sufficiently cleared to be turned,