"U.S.S. Pawnee, Sheer and Deck Plan"
"U.S.S. Pawnee, Sheer and Deck Plan"
By John W. Griffiths, ca. 1858
Watercolor on paper, linen mounted
24 1/2" x 61"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Bureau of Ships

U.S.S. Pawnee
Built during the 1850s at the Philadelphia Navy Yard by John W. Griffiths, the U.S.S. Pawnee was designed with a set of twin screw propellers and 9-inch Dahlgren guns which added considerable weight to the ship. To meet the requirement of having a draft of 10 feet or less, Griffiths modified the hull proportions, making the Pawnee considerably longer and broader than other vessels of its class. The heavy guns and shallow draft of the Pawnee proved useful during the Civil War. Here a two drawings of the Pawnee.

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