USS Cairo

USS Cairo -Dub SwadleyW.C. “Dub” Swadley estimates he spend 600 hours building this model from scratch. It is fashioned from white pine and basswood.

The Cairo was an iron-clad river gunboat in the Union’s Western Gunboat Fleet before becoming a Navy gunboat.. She served in several battles on the upper Mississippi River. She was sunk by a mine on the Yazoo River in 1862. The Cairo was recovered from the river bed in 1964and partially restored. She is on display today in the Vivksberg Military Park.

Period: American Civil war
Model length: 26”, width: 13”
Scale: 1/8”=1 ft.

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