I have a question about having heel plates aboard naval vessels during the civil war period. Remembering my own naval days 1960's-70's they would never have marred a quarterdeck. I have slipped on some terra cotta floors and polished cement and I can't help but feel a wet slippery iron sheathed deck would have been an accident in the waiting. I haven't found anything in my research.
Actng. Ship's Gunner
U S Naval Landing Party
Pvt. Battery D 1st Michigan light artillery