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  1. I am sorry to be a bit slow in replying to this. Bowcock goes into a bit of detail of the sweeps in his book about 'Alabama' - the sweeps as fitted differed from those on the builder's models which do show sweeps where you might expect them . While I am inclined to think that perhaps there really ought be be sweeps to allow the guns to be brought into use and pointed without chewing up the deck, they are apprently absent on the drawings and don't show in the famois set of photos take at Cape Town. The specification calls for the decks to be 'Danzig Fir' except for the strakes in t
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