Paint Pan, Paint Paddle, Scraper

Date:
c. 1850s

A small can of blue paint with a hand-made paddle cut from a cigar box top.

Description (physical):

Can: Tin, paint. H 8.7, Dia 6.9 cm; Paddle: Wood. L 16.8, W 3.2, Th .48 cm; Scraper: Iron. L 40.8, Head Th .3cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0061
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Bucket

This bucket was most probably used by Cairo crewmen to perform their morning duties of scrubbing and swabbing the deck.

Description (physical):

Wood, iron. Top 30.2, H 23.2, Band W 3.5 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0060
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Tools

The broad range of items recovered from the sunken ironclad reflects the many daily activities of the U.S.S. Cairo crew.

Description (physical):

Drawing pen: Wood. L 13.3, Dia .8 cm; Pencil: Wood. L 17.6, Dia .8 cm; Ice pick: Ferrous metal, wood. L 16.5, Dia (handle)2.2 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0059
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Candle

Even candles with wicks survived the ill-fated ironclad. Candles were made of spermaceti.

Description (physical):

Spermaceti, cotton. L 12.2, D 11 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0058
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Lamp

Lighting devices of all kinds were found on the vessel. This lamp has been identified as a Petticoat hand lamp.

Description (physical):

Tin. H 10.5, Dia 7 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0057
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Lamp Globe

This lamp globe still retains a sooty covering on the inside from the last time that it was used aboard Cairo.

Description (physical):

Glass. H 13.3, Dia 25.4 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0056
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Lamp Globe

Description (physical):

Glass. H 30.5, Dia (top) 10.2, (base) 11.7 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0055
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Firebox Door

One of only two remaining boiler fire door's that were recovered from U.S.S. Cairo. Originally there were five firebox doors affixed to the firebox below the fire tube boilers.

Description (physical):

Iron. L 38, W 35 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0054
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Padlock

Date:
c. 1862

A variety of these locks found. They were used for locking mess chests as well as personal chests.

Description (physical):

Brass, copper. L 8.4, W 6.7, Th 2.2 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0053
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Wrenches

Date:
1850s

Boiler tools used aboard U.S.S. Cairo including open-end wrenches and a box-end wrench.

Description (physical):

Metal. L 27.3, W 3.8, Th 1.8 cm; Metal. L 57.2, W 6.4 (handle), Th 3.2 cm; Metal. L 71.1, W (inside box) 6.7, Th ( handle) 2.9 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0066
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park