Vicksburg National Military Park USS Cairo Museum Photos

The USS Cairo was a Union Civil War ironclad gunboat which became the first ship sunk (1862) by an electrically detonated mine. It was raised from the bottom of the Mississippi River and now sits under a permanent tent on the ground of the Vicksburg National Military Park next to a permanent USS Cairo Museum building which houses the artifacts of naval life found within the wreck.

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Tents over USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Union Ironclad sunk 1862 by electrically detonated mine at USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Prow view of USS Cairo recovered from bed of Mississippi River. Vicksburg, MS.Form of USS Cairo assembled from parts dredged from Mississippi River. Vicksburg, MS.
Tents over USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Union Ironclad sunk 1862 by electrically detonated mine at USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Prow view of USS Cairo recovered from bed of Mississippi River. Vicksburg, MS.Form of USS Cairo assembled from parts dredged from Mississippi River. Vicksburg, MS.
USS Cairo recovered engines & internal paddlewheels covered to protect them from enemy shells. Vicksburg, MS.Steam pistons at USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Model of Cairo at USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Ship's bell recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.
USS Cairo recovered engines & internal paddlewheels covered to protect them from enemy shells. Vicksburg, MS.Steam pistons at USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Model of Cairo at USS Cairo Museum. Vicksburg, MS.Ship's bell recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.
Safety lamp used in powder magazines recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.US Marine Corp Civil War dress cap insignia recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Bottles & pans recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Bottles recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.
Safety lamp used in powder magazines recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.US Marine Corp Civil War dress cap insignia recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Bottles & pans recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Bottles recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.
Ink bottles & pipes recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Cast aluminum scene from Battle of Vicksburg 1863 at War Memorial Building. Jackson, MS.

Ink bottles & pipes recovered from USS Cairo. Vicksburg, MS.Cast aluminum scene from Battle of Vicksburg 1863 at War Memorial Building. Jackson, MS. Style: Art Deco.


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