The history of Richmond, Virginia in photos
The Library of Congress has clearer print on their site. The wreckage in the river on the left is the steam engine of the CSS Patrick Henry, Confederate Navy schoolship which was scuttled by the old gasworks. The aft end of the ship on the ways is the wooden hull intended for the ironclad, CSS Texas which was towed to Norfolk soon after this picture was taken. The double ended steamers to the right are salvaging the remains of the Confederate Navy wooden gunboats which carried Rafael Semmes and his naval command upriver after they blew up the ironclad James River Squadron at Drewry's Bluff. You can see a canal boat on its frame to the left of the old brick warehouse that used to be called "Byrds Warehouse."