The Albemarle's commander, James Cooke, was more critical of its performance. Three days later, he wrote Secretary Mallory that the ram "draws too much water to navigate the sounds well, and has not sufficient buoyancy. In consequence she is very slow and not easily managed.
"Her decks are so near the water as to render it an easy task for the enemy's vessels to run on her, and any great weight to submerge the deck."
Even so, for the next five months, the Albemarle remained a definite threat to Union ships in the area and every effort was made to find a way to destroy her.