Ironclad Down: The USS Merrimack-CSS Virginia from Construction to Destruction

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Naval Institute Press, 2007 - History - 238 pages
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"When master model builder Carl Park first set out to build a model of the Confederate ironclad Virginia, he anticipated few problems. After fifteen years of research, however, he has yet to build a model but has succeeded in producing this definitive account of the famous Civil War ship that offers the most detailed structural information available. His book corrects countless long-standing inaccuracies about the design and construction of the ship that signaled the end of the era of wooden naval ships." "This book was written for a broad audience of readers: from Civil War scholars and history buffs, to professional museum modelers and amateur builders, as well as those seeking new facts about the still controversial warship."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

The Secretary Stephen Russell Mallory
3
John Luke Porter
12
Burning of the Gosport Navy Yard
20
The Ship
25
Brookes sounding device
27
A Changing Technology
37
The USS Merrimack
42
The USS Merrimack
43
Porters drawing for a Floating Steam Battery Bomb Proof
56
Words Plans Pictures and Pieces
68
part in Building the Virginia
101
The Long Road to Portsmouth
127
Two Days of Glory
177
Ironclad Down
194
Notes
217
Index
231

The USS Merrimack
49

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