Ironclad: The Epic Battle, Calamitous Loss and Historic Recovery of the USS Monitor (Google eBook)

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Koehler Books, Oct 1, 2011 - History - 340 pages
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The small, ungainly iron ship may have saved the union. Then in a vicious winter storm, it plunged into the depths of the Atlantic, seemingly lost forever. But 140 years later, after a 50-year search-and-recovery mission, its ponderous iron turret reemerged, dripping, from a rusting grave, returning priceless bits of history. In Ironclad, journalist Paul Clancy weaves three great sea adventures into a single mesmerizing tale of life and death. Naval heroism, the cold heart of battle, a killing storm, deep-water salvage, flesh-and-blood history-Ironclad has it all. "Paul Clancy's masterful investigation into the recovery of the Monitor is a thrilling re-creation, making for a satisfying story of men-and women-on the high seas." -Peter Nichols, author, A Voyage for Madmen and Evolution's Captain "Ironclad is solid history written in riveting, heart-pounding prose." -John B. Hightower, President & CEO, The Mariner's Museum "Ironclad is a fascinating glimpse into our nation's history-an engrossing story of heroism, human ingenuity, and intrigue wrapped in a great adventure." -Kevin F. McMurray, author, Deep Descent and Dark Descent "Get ready for two terrific true yarns-past and present-knitted into one masterfully told tale of a Civil War ironclad." -The Ensign Magazine
  

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This is two stories - one a brief history of the Monitor's construction, battle at Hampton Roads and eventual loss at sea, and the other the recovery of the ship's turret. The author has an annoying ... Read full review

Contents

COLD GREY MANTLE
MICHELANGELOS OF THE DEEP
SEND YOUR BOATS
YOUR CALL COMMANDER
PANORAMA OF HORROR
ALL STATIONS ALL STATIONS
INTO THE ABYSS
WE CANNOT FAIL

IF THE BUG AINT FLYING
DARK MONSTER
WHEN THINGS GO DOWN
SLUGFEST
ITS A MANS JOB MAAM
EVERLASTING IRON
LUCYS THE TURRET
ORDERS AT LAST
SELFEXILE AT FORTY FATHOMS
HOME AT LAST
SECRETS OF THE BONES
THEORIES
CREW AND OTHERS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
CHAPTER NOTES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Paul Clancy has been a journalist for over forty years, part of the time in Washington where he covered national politics and wrote biographies about Watergate Chairman Sam Ervin and House Speaker Tip O'Neill. He worked for The Charlotte Observer, USA Today and The Washington Star. When the Star folded in 1981, Clancy co-founded a weekly newspaper, The Reston Connection, which expanded into a small chain of Fairfax County weeklies that survives today. In 1993, Clancy moved to Norfolk and became editor of Calypso Log, the magazine of the Cousteau Society. He wrote extensively for the magazine, from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to crushing poverty in Haiti. He traveled with Jacques Cousteau to Madagascar and wrote about conditions there. In the mid-nineties Clancy went to work for The Virginian-Pilot, covering water-related issues - sailing adventures, diving, sunken treasure and sunken ships, to mention a few. His coverage of the excavation of the turret of the ironclad ship Monitor led to his writing Ironclad: The Epic Battle, Calamitous Loss, and Historic Recovery of the USS Monitor. In 2007, he began writing Our Stories, a weekly column on local history for the newspaper. He touched on the history of just about everything, from the first settlement at Jamestown to the last burlesque house in Norfolk, from naval heroes to prize fighters. Recently, History Press published Hampton Roads Chronicles, a collection of these columns. He has also written Historic Hampton Roads: Where America Began. Paul Clancy works and lives in Norfolk Virginia with his wife, Barbara.

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