IRON DAWN


IRON DAWN

RICHARD SNOW    Book Number: 85893    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'The Monitor, The Merrimack, And the Civil War Sea Battle That Changed History' here is a lively tale of science, war and clashing personalities from the Age of Sail to the Age of Iron. No single sea battle has triggered more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbour at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confederacy with no fleet of its own built a sloped iron fort containing ten heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate name the Merrimack. The North got word of the project and in desperation secretly commissioned the eccentric inventor John Ericsson to build the Monitor, a revolutionary iron warship and the single most complicated machine ever made at that time. Rushed to completion in just 100 days, it mounted two lethal guns housed in a shot-proof revolving turret. The new warship hurried south from Brooklyn only to find the Merrimack had destroyed two of the finest warships in the Union fleet that very morning. The next day the Monitor fought the Merrimack to a thunderous, blazing standstill and saved the Union cause. As soon as word of the clamorous battle spread, Great Britain the foremost sea power of the day ceased construction of all wooden warships. A thousand year tradition ended and the path to the naval future opened. Richly illus with period photos, maps and engravings, this is a 'crackling, supremely poised account.' 395pp in paperback. One drawing. Remainder mark.
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ISBN 9781476794198
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