By Stanley L. Sandler

From precedent days to international struggle II and the postwar interval, Battleships charts the evolution of the vessel that governed the seas―a vessel that, till the arriving of the plane provider, stands out as the most costly and complicated human-made relocating item in history.

• Over forty images clarify the defining good points of every major capital send design

• A chronological directory of battleships, ironclads, and dreadnoughts, together with identify, state, explanation for loss, place of loss, and date

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Surprisingly, even the two major naval powers, Britain and France, purchased a few ironclads for their own navies. In 1867, France bought from the United States the uncommissioned giant broadside ironclad wooden ram Dunderberg, which mounted a massive, solidoak ram; it had been completed too late to see combat in the Civil War. The French renamed it Rochambeau in a gesture of FrancoAmerican comity; it saw no action during the Franco-Prussian War, although it did take part in the blockade of Prussia.

In fact, although the monitors might have been impervious to any Confederate gunnery, Southern mines destroyed the only three such warships sunk by the enemy: Patapsco, Tecumseh, and Milwaukee. ) The monitors also suffered from an extremely slow rate of fire; Monitor itself could get off only one shot about every seven minutes. Each shot required that the monitor’s turret revolve to where its STEAM IRONCLADS: THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AT SEA, 1800–1889 floor ammunition hatch matched that of the hull; when firing, the two hatches were out of alignment to protect the magazine.

The squadron’s commander, Admiral Geoffrey Phipps Hornby, wrote that “more’s the pity that it should be so rare a thing to see a ship come into harbour under sail” (Mrs. Fred Egerton, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Geoffrey Phipps Hornby. London: 1896, p. 120). Of course, sail advocates also argued that the wind was free—an erroneous proposition if there ever was one, as shall be seen. One of the almost completely unsung virtues of steam propulsion was that the men now had a source of hot water for washing.

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