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These on most sensible of the turret seemed up Minnesota’s sheer, lofty aspect. males have been now leaving the send, moving into small boats to move ashore. a number of the frigate’s weapons have been being thrown overboard to avoid the enemy from getting them. “Everything appeared in confusion,” wrote Keeler. As an ominous reminder of the facility of the Virginia, he and others at the turret may see the splintered holes made through the ironclad’s shells as they penetrated the frigate’s wood part. because the fog lifted, Keeler and others received their first glimpse of the Virginia steaming north from Sewell’s aspect. It used to be approximately eight A. M. a few have been nonetheless consuming their breakfast, yet on the notice that the ironclad used to be in sight, “our espresso was once forgotten. ” Worden referred to as as much as Van Brunt to invite what he meant to do. there has been nonetheless part an hour maybe earlier than the Virginia reached them. Van Brunt was hoping to throw off adequate fabric to lighten his send and flow her. If no longer, he may spoil the Minnesota. “I will stand by way of you to the final if i will be able to support you,” Worden yelled, yet Van Brunt, agreeing with Keeler that “the notion of tips or safeguard being provided to the massive factor via the little pigmy at her part appeared totally ridiculous,” responded that the visual display unit may possibly do not anything for him. instantly, the ironclad’s staff got here to existence, battening down all of the deck hatches, removal the smokestacks and vent stacks, and placing the stoppers within the deck lighting fixtures. each guy went to his submit. Worden, with the pilot Howard and Quartermaster Peter Williams to guide, could occupy the pilothouse. Greene could command within the turret, with Stimers and Stodder aiding direct the 2 weapons. Isaac Newton might deal with the engine and boiler rooms. Keeler, who had no conflict station, remained on best of the turret in addition to a couple of others. via now they can see the Virginia essentially. “There was once no mistaking her slanting, rakish outlines,” stated Truscott. Then they observed a pant of white smoke jet out from her bow port and heard the howl of a shell because it omitted them and hit the Minnesota. Peeved on the foolishness of the boys staying uncovered at the turret, Worden now got here up and stated sternly, “Gentlemen, that's the Merrimac, you had greater move under. ” All raced down into the turret, Worden coming down final and pulling close the iron hatch after him. as soon as within the turret, they can see that the gunners have been loading the weapons. A 175-pound, 11-inch projectile was once simply then being lifted into the mouth of 1 of the weapons. “Send them that with our compliments, my lads,” Worden inspired them. The scene within the turret simply now used to be eerie, unforgettable. a number of rays of solar filtered in in the course of the gratings on most sensible of the tower, whereas dim lanterns supplied simply enough extra illumination to solid misshapen shadows of fellows and weapons at the turret’s inside. the boys all stood completely still—almost like statues, proposal Keeler. “The so much profound silence reigned,” he wrote, “if there were a coward center there its throb might were audible, so extreme used to be the stillness.