Port O’Plymouth Museum Reviews
Quite Ironic Jun 06, 2015
Not the greatest museum I’ve ever toured, but it was free and convenient. Many venues were not charging for entrance during the festival, but I got the impression Port O’Plymouth Museum never picks your pocket. The town is somewhat obsessed with the story of the Albemarle, but it is impressive. I was surprised to learn Plymouth was the second largest port city in North Carolina during the Civil War (runner up to Wilmington), so naturally it drew attention from Union troops, who had occupied the town and raised a garrison.
Desperate to retaliate, the ironside Albemarle was constructed in a cornfield up the Roanoke River from town. Though combined with a land assault, the Albemarle sailed alone against seven Union ships docked at Plymouth. The Albemarle rammed one ship and gunned down another, but being badly outnumbered, eventually had its smokestack shot off. Powered by burning coal, which required venting, it seemed she was doomed. But her plucky captain directed his crew to stoke the furnace with lard used to lubricate gun barrels, because lard burned just fine without a draft. Back in action, the scrappy ship sent the remaining fleet scurrying for safety and Plymouth would be retaken.
Who knew? Isn’t travel great?
Unfortunately the museum is little more than a repository for Civil War bombs and bullets in a couple rooms. I suppose there is attraction for the right devotee, but I was done in a few minutes. Believe I spent more time in the small gift shop, which held a comprehensive collection of history books for sale, several quite interesting. Definitely not a “must see”, but little down side for the entrance fee!
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