Talk about "bang for your buck…"

While poking around a Naval Matters discussion board this weekend, I learned of a truly incredible story from the Civil War. It’s the story of how a single Union warship, the USS Black Terror, and its very brief career.

A brief recap: the Confederacy had captured two Union warships, the Queen Of The West and the Indianola. The Queen was put back into service on their side, and they were repairing the Indianola, when the Black Terror arrived on the scene, driving the Queen to retreat and the Confederates to stop trying to recover the Indianola and instead destroy her.

That’s a very impressive feat for one ship. Especially one ship that was built in a single night for a grand total of less than nine dollars…

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