Timby’s Revolving Battery Tower

In the glare of the historical spotlight that shines on John Ericsson, designer of the Monitor, the fact that its turret drew on the work of another inventor is often missed.  See the link below for a patent for Theodore Timby’s Revolving Battery tower – which he had been trying to market to various governments for years, and which Ericsson licensed for use in the Monitor, although on much smaller scale than Timby had contemplated.

http://www.google.com/patents?id=B1hwAAAAEBAJ&printsec=abstract&zoom=4&dq=steam+gun&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=1&as_miny_is=1850&as_maxm_is=1&as_maxy_is=1866&num=100#PPA2,M1

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