• View from Battery DeGolyer

    Vicksburg

    National Military Park Mississippi

Capstan

USS Cairo Capstan

USS Cairo Capstan

NPS Photo

The gunboat's capstan was capable of moving weights of several tons. It was a steam-driven or hand-driven winch used for pulling in the anchor, moving guns on the gun deck, and hauling lines.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Vicksburg National Military Park was the last of the first five National Military Parks established by the Congress of the United States during the last quarter of the 19th century.