|This is my build of the Flagship Models 1/192 scale USS Keokuk , a twin-screw Union warship which carried an experimental composite armor scheme
of wood sandwiched between iron and covered overall with a ½ inch iron sheath. Other interesting features were two casemates housing smoothbore 11
inch Dahlgren guns on turntables, allowing her to use the same gun to fire through gunports on three sides of the casemates, set atop a turtlebacked hull.
She also had a ram bow.
Commissioned in March 1863, her service career was quite brief. Her armor proved inadequate to protect her during the First Battle of Charleston Harbor,
April 1863. On entrance to the harbor, she ran ahead of USS Nahant and was under the Confederate guns for about half an hour. In that time she was
struck by about 90 projectiles and was ‘completely riddled.’ She withdrew under her own power and anchored out of range, but sank the morning of
April 8, one month after being commissioned.