Excerpt from Engineer Stimer's Report of the Last Trial Trip of the "Passaic": Uparalleled Attempt to Throw Discredit Upon Superiors; Language Unbecoming an Officer; His Dismissal From the Service Demanded; The Public Probably Deceived as to the "Result" Of the Experiment of Firing In... side the Turret
This vessel was armed and apparently completed nearly a month ago, and ought ere this to have been thundering with terrific roar before the walls of, the strongholds of Confederate treachery. But instead of sturdy service like this, the time and the giant's power have been wasted in new experiments, and the vessel idly remains tied fast to the dock. What is the reason of this unaccountable delay? Simply this: the porthole is too small to allow the muzzle of the great gun to pass out, and the parties interested wont enlarge it, but insist on hooding the muzzle.
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