The CSS ALBEMARLE was designed by Chief Constructor John L Porter, CSN, and built in the spring of 1864 by Gilbert Elliott at Edward`s Ferry on the Roanoke River. She was 122 feet long, 45 feet beam and her draft 8 feet. Her planking was 4 inches thick over 8x10 inch frames. The central shield was 60 feet long and covered by two layers of 2 inch iron plating. Her armament consisted of two 8 inch guns, one forward, the other aft, behind iron shutters. She had two engines of 200hp each.

Building the Ram Albemarle