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Richard Carlstedt

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Richard, They built/assembled the engine in a 6-7 week time period from what I can find and then installed it in the partially built hull on December 16, 1861 and the top deck with turret and cannons installed in the following 6 weeks before launching at the end of January 1862

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Hi Richard, Sailors have always managed large loads, (Anchors, cannon, cannonballs, rocks for ballast, etc.) by the use of ropes and pulleys from shear legs or cranes from above. (Many ships had masts that hauled very large loads, but the Monitor in dock would have had an overhead crane for this task). A cylinder weighing 1/2 ton would not be a problem, but a 30ton engine was probably assembled in the hull from suitable sized sub-assemblies, perhaps even before the side frames and sheeting were built-up. (As per Brunel's ships of that era?).
Titanic had the ships keel and bottom frames built, then the engine mounting frames were fitted, and a huge milling machine (Sold 15+ years ago by Harland and Wolf to Korea for around £2m... on E&@y!) finished the final machining so the bed was flat before the engines were assembled on top.
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