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  • She had one stack and, in spite of Stevenson's objections, one bow port, or trapdoor, where an unpointable, untrainable, and practically unloadable thirty-two pound gun was located—a "plaything," as her captain later called it.

    --William N. Still, 1988, Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads‎, p. 47

    February 9, 2010