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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The result of more than fifteen years of research, <em>Ironclad Down </em>is a treasure trove of detailed information about one of history’s most famous vessels. Describing the fascinating people--Stephen Russell Mallory, John Mercer Brooke, John Luke Porter, et al.--who conceived, designed and built one of the world's first ironclads as well as describing the ship itself, Carl Park offers both the most thoroughly detailed, in-depth analysis to date of the actual architecture of the <em>Virginia </em>and a fascinating, colourful chapter of Civil War history.
 

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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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About the author (2007)

After serving in the army, <strong>Carl D. Park</strong> studied design at the Layton School of Art and majored in fine art at Lake Forrest College, USA. He has worked as an art director and an exhibit designer and builder. Park has written and illustrated numerous articles for <em>Fine Scale Modeler </em>magazine.

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