Big, bad and not something you would want to bump into on the broad reaches of the Mississippi...The U.S.S. Benton
I did not expect to be writing this post just yet - more likely it would have been in a couple of days - but one must strike whilst the iron is hot. The domestic situation has taken a significant turn for the better and although it is very much early days one must hope that at last the right route to normality has been found.
I will say no more about this at present but thank you for your thoughts and message of support - as ever they are very much appreciated.
I have finished the first model of the final batch of ships for the ACW project. The great slab you see above is the U.S.S. Benton which started life as catamaran snag boat before being converted into a great hulk of a casemate ironclad gunboat. She will be accompanied in action by the U.S.S. Essex and the two city class gunboats I have - the U.S.S. Carondelet and the U.S.S. Louisville. Together they look something like the below:
Guaranteed to give any Confederate river based fort something to think about - as long as it is at the right elevation for the guns to reach!
The three Union timberclads are currently under construction and now that what passes for normality has resumed at Chez Crook I can press on with them.
Onwards and upwards and all that!