<html> <!-- Mirrored from www.rodlangton.com/acw/colours.htm by HTTrack Website Copier/3.x [XR&CO'2010], Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:06:47 GMT --> <head> <title>ACW Colour Schemes</title> <meta content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv="Content-Type"> </head> <body bgcolor="#FFFFEA"> <table border="0" width="500" bgcolor="#FFFFEA"> <tr> <td><strong><small>Notes on Colour Schemes for ACW vessels</small><br> <small>by John Wallis</small></strong><p><small>(All colours matt unless stated otherwise.)</small></p> <p><small>CSS RICHMOND (and all the ironclads of the James River Squadron):</small><br> <small><em>Matt or half matt black</em> - hull, casemate, gun muzzles, pilot house &amp; stack (funnel).</small><br> <small><em>Scrubbed oak/or yellow pine</em> - decks fore and aft, casemate top.</small><br> <small><em>Tan or light brown</em> - hatchways, ladders and boat interiors.</small><br> <small><em>White</em> - boat exteriors, ventilators and cowls.</small><br> <small><em>Bronze</em> - anchor chains, anchors and mooring bitts.</small></p> <p><small>CSS RALEIGH &amp; NORTH CAROLINA</small> <small>(?)</small>:<br> <small><em>Very dark blue</em>* - hull, casemate, pilot house &amp; stack.</small><br> <small><em>Black or unfinished iron</em>&nbsp; - gun muzzles.</small><br> <small><em>Scrubbed oak/or yellow pine</em> - decks fore and aft, casemate top.</small><br> <small><em>Tan or light brown</em> - hatchways, ladders and boat interiors.</small><br> <small><em>White</em> - boat exteriors, ventilators and cowls.</small><br> <small><em>Bronze</em> - anchor chains, anchors and mooring bitts.</small></p> <p><small>* based on a recent painting of the Raleigh at sea, </small><br> <small>apparently done from eyewitness description.</small></p> <p><small>Note: CSS North Carolina may never have been painted, use a mix of matt black </small><br> <small>and silver to produce 'unfinished iron'.</small><br> </p> <p><small>CSS SAVANNAH (and all the ironclads of the Savannah Squadron):</small><br> <small><em>Mid grey</em> - hull, casemate, pilot house &amp; gun muzzles.</small><br> <small><em>Scrubbed oak/or yellow pine </em>- decks fore and aft, casemate top.</small><br> <small><em>Tan or light brown</em> - hatchways, ladders and boat interiors.</small><br> <small><em>White</em> - boat exteriors, ventilators and cowls.</small><br> <small><em>Mid grey</em> - 12pdr gun carriages.</small><br> <small><em>Bronze</em> - 12pdr gun barrels, anchor chains, anchors and mooring bitts.</small></p> <p><small>CSS PALMETTO STATE &amp; CHICORA (and all the ironclads of the Charleston Squadron):</small><br> <small><em>Very pale grey or blue </em>- hull, casemate, pilot house, stack.</small><br> <small><em>Scrubbed oak/or yellow pine</em> - decks fore and aft, casemate top.</small><br> <small><em>Tan or light brown</em> - hatchways, ladders and boat interiors.</small><br> <small><em>White</em> - boat exteriors, ventilators and cowls, spar of spar torpedoes.</small><br> <small><em>Mid grey</em> - 12pdr gun carriages.</small><br> <small><em>Bronze</em> - 12pdr gun barrels, anchor chains, anchors and mooring bitts.</small><br> <small><em>Copper</em> - warhead of spar torpedoes.</small></p> <p><small>All the squadrons mentioned above were the nearest the CSN got to 'regular' navy and all were kept in good condition, particularly the Charleston and Savannah vessels.</small></p> <p><small>The ironclads were painted with various compositions of coal tar (in a variety of colours, including white!), consequently external corrosion, at least above water, was never reported.</small></p> <p><em><small>More to follow!</small></em></p> <p><a href="colours.htm"><small>TOP OF PAGE</small></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><small>SOURCES - Organisations:</small><br> <small>The Science Museum, England</small><br> <small>The National Maritime Museum, England</small><br> <small>The Liverpool Maritime Museum, England</small><br> <small>Woodruff Museum of Civil War Maritime History, USA</small><br> <small>Musee de Marine, France</small><br> <small>Turkish Naval Museum, Turkey</small><br> <small>International Naval Research Organisation (INRO)</small><br> <small>The US Naval Institute, USA</small></em></p> <p><em><small>SOURCES - Publications include:</small><br> <small>Civil War Naval Chronology</small><br> <small>Iron Afloat</small><br> <small>Confederate Shipbuilding</small><br> <small>Civil War Ironclads</small><br> <small>Pictorial History of the Confederate Navy</small><br> <small>Ironclads in Action</small><br> <small>The Confederate Ironclads</small><br> <small>Battle Flags South</small><br> <small>History of the Confederate States Navy</small><br> <small>Dictionary of American Fighting Ships 1815-1945</small><br> <small>Die Deutschen Kreigschiff</small><br> <small>Vor Panzerskribe</small><br> <small>British Battleships</small><br> <small>Warship International</small><br> <small>Battles and Leaders of the Civil War</small><br> <small>All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905</small><br> <small>Photographic History of the Civil War</small><br> <small>Warships of the Civil War Navies</small><br> <small>Warships and Naval Battles of the Civil War</small><br> <small>History of the Confederate States Navy</small><br> <small>Thunder Along the Mississippi</small><br> <small>The Confederate Navy, The Ships</small><br> <small>The Evolution of Confederate Ironclad Design</small><br> </em></p> <p><a href="colours.htm"><small>TOP OF PAGE</small></a><br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </table> </body> <!-- Mirrored from www.rodlangton.com/acw/colours.htm by HTTrack Website Copier/3.x [XR&CO'2010], Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:06:47 GMT --> </html>