The Civil War in NE North Carolina
How accurate are these two drawings of the USS Underwriter? Both were drawn at New Bern, NC. The top image has a longer bow section. Both have pilothouses projecting out over the deck. Both have walking-beam engines and both are sidewheelers. The paddleboxes aren't exactly the same and the base of the smokestacks look different.
Are both the Underwriter? I tend to think so. The lithograph picture shows her angling towards the Trent River, which may account for the front quarter of the ship looking different from the illustrated newspaper version. Neither version presents a very clear picture of the paddlebox, so it is hard to say if they are the same or not.