Boatswain's Pipe

This pipe was found in the forward starboard compartment of USS Cairo. Perhaps, during all of the excitement, it was dropped by one of Cairo's two boatswain mates, either 27 year-old Richard Lymont or 25 year-old Charles Smith.

Description (physical):

Material: Silver. L: 13.2 cm, W: 2.4 cm, Tube Di: at mouth end .95 cm, Ball Di: 1.9 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0052
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

Weights

Description (physical):

Iron. Dia 11.3 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0065
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Safe

According to records, the safe had been broken into prior to raising operations. It was empty when recovered.

Description (physical):

Iron. L 50.8 cm, W 37.7 cm, Th 30.2 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0064
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

Coal Scuttle

Men shoveled coal from the Cairo coal room into this coal scuttle to use in the smaller pot-bellied stoves.

Description (physical):

Metal. L 46.4, W 34.3 (including handle), H 34.3 cm

Location:
3201 Clay Street Vicksburg,Mississippi 39183
Identifier:
2010.0001.0062
Institution:
Vicksburg National Military Park

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