January 4, 2016

Pungies in Alexandria

According to Geoffrey M. Footner, in his book "Tidewater Triumph: The Development and Worldwide Success of the Chesapeake Bay Pilot Schooner,"  the following images show pungies under construction or repair in Alexandria during the civil war. The photos are intended to show tests of Herman's Haupt's infantry arks made from rubber (gum) blankets and wood frames. But, in the right background you can see ships on marine ways at the Alexandria shipyard.

There wasn't room on the diorama to show the shipyard, but we can show a pungy at the wharf at Pioneer Mills unloading bulk wheat via the marine leg.
These are also the best views I can find of the Alexandria waterfront looking west  during war time Alexandria. 



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