USS Cairo

Cmdr Ri'Par reporting

July 25,2009 Ri'Par and Kiral of the IKV Bayou Serpent along with Salek and son of the IKV Melota descended on the USS Cairo in Vicksburg,MS. Due to July heat and a lot of walking in the sun,class B uniforms were worn. The USS Cairo is the last ironclad ship in the world and has the "honor" of being the first ship ever sank by an electric mine. It was in service just under a year before being sunk by the Confederacy in the Yazoo river just north of Vicksburg and was recovered 102 years later in 1964. The condition of the ship is sad. It was raised by volunteers with less than advanced methods. It then sat for about 18 years, being put back together in south Louisiana while being pounded by salt water,hurricanes,carpenter bees,and anything else mother nature saw fit to throw at it. The wood is severely rotted and parts have been "ghosted" with new wood to show missing parts of the ship. The iron portions and cannons are still in decent condition though. The ship is in a military park that holds even more to see. The ship museum holds artifacts brought up from the boat with some of the officers dinnerwear looking brand new. There is a 16 mile tour that takes you along the lines of battle of both the north and south with many monuments,cannons,and even one house that is the sole survivor of the battle. The cemetary covers many acres of real estate alone. Vicksburg was known as the Gibraltar of the Mississippi and it took Grant 6 weeks of constant bombardment after cutting off supply lines to take the city.

It was also a real honor to get to hang out with Salek of the Melota without having to put on a production like Venom Wars or the Melota bat'leth tournament. We took our time and enjoyed the park. It was an honor as always.