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What was it like to see the enemy ship against which you had fought for your life explode and sink to the bottom of the sea? Moses Smith, a seaman on Constitution, wrote about Guerrieres last moments in his diary. Describe your response to this personal account by answering the questions below.
|What was left of Guerriere when Constitution separated from her? In your own words, describe her condition, identifying her remaining parts. Hull without masts, but ornamentation intact |
|2. ||(a) What caused the explosion that sank Guerriere? The magazine exploded. |
(b) Describe what Smith saw when the explosion occurred. Answers may vary, but essentially, the quarter deck lifted into the air and blew apart, and the hull split in two.
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