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Thursday, December 22, 2011

SARDINES IN A CAN

Duty on a Civil War ironclad was not without hazards. The vessels were hellishly hot during the summer, and direct hits by large projectiles could cause concussions, fragmentation injuries, and severe burns if a boiler exploded or steam pipe ruptured. Many sailors assigned to duty in southern waters came down with malaria or yellow fever. It was also exceedingly noisy below decks—-many ironclad sailors who survived the war were partially deaf and/or suffered from tinnitus:

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