By Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds
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In the galley was the large range on and in which all of the cooking was done. There were three cooks working in the galley; one was the captain's cook, who cooked for the captain, his steward and boy; one was the wardroom cook, who cooked for the ten officers, the wardroom steward, and four boys; the third was the ship's cook, who cooked for the about sixty men of the crew, which consisted of the petty officers, seamen, ordinary seamen, and landsmen, firemen and coalheavers. The turret was twenty-one feet in diameter and nine feet high.
I nodded. "There's an officer detailed here for duty in lookin' after the buildin' of the Nahant, and he's goin' out in her as 'Executive Officer'. His name's Harmony. Now, you go over to Loring's ship yard in South Boston and ask to see Mr. Harmony. When he asks yer what yer want you tell him yer want to be shipped for the Nahant, to be a wardroom boy in her. He'll probably say that they don't need any more boys in the navy, but you just hang to him; you tell him you've tried and tried to get into the service, and tell him that you just want to go out in his ship.
Exterior of Fort Sumter at the end of the war. S. " Alas, though the Navy was short of able seamen to man the vessels of the rapidly growing blockade force, it was overstocked with inexperienced "boys," and the "grizzled old Commodore" in charge told him that there was no place for him. Not one to be deterred so easily, Hunter returned again and again, badgering the officials until he finally managed to convince Lieutenant David B. Harmony, executive officer of the new monitor Nahant, that he should be allowed to enlist.
A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah F. Hunter, Craig L. Symonds