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    Chain armor.  Although the Kearsarge was not outfitted as an ironclad, her captain took the precaution of swaddling her hull in chain before the battle with the Alabama.  Although many of the crewmen of the Alabama later accused this modification of being somewhat ungentlemanly, the armor significantly reduced the damage suffered by the Kearsarge during the engagement.  The sinking of the Alabama ended a 22-month reign of terror that had resulted in the loss of nearly seventy Northern commercial vessels. 

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    Chain armor.  Although the Kearsarge was not outfitted as an ironclad, her captain took the precaution of swaddling her hull in chain before the battle with the Alabama.  Although many of the crewmen of the Alabama later accused this modification of being somewhat ungentlemanly, the armor significantly reduced the damage suffered by the Kearsarge during the engagement.  The sinking of the Alabama ended a 22-month reign of terror that had resulted in the loss of nearly seventy Northern commercial vessels. 

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