Alot of research has been done on U.S. Navy ships, and their crews, where they been, when did they arrive, when did they leave a certain area...who boarded....who jumped ship....and on and on....but not much is ever written about what ships was involved in developments of material that was inter-connected with these "Man of War" vessels.
After all these ships that was first developed was pretty much designed to "fight" so this involved "gunnery"....and "ordnance". Oh Yes, guns, cannons, cannon balls had been around many, many years ....but when the U.S. Navy decided to float their own "fleets of corks" on the sea's of the world.....the "Head Brass" suddenly realized....fleet gunnery as well as ordnance had to under go modernization....that was just not a "fleeting thought" with them guys...."It was a must."
Ok...so as I said above...ship history has been looked into in great depths.....but what ships were involved in these much needed improvements of gunnery & ordnance? Well the Sloop-of-War Plymouth ...in 1857 was just such a ship....and that is where our story begins.
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