The Boy's Book of Famous Warships by William Oliver StevensThe Boy's Book of Famous Warships by William Oliver Stevens

The Boy's Book of Famous Warships

byWilliam Oliver Stevens

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... Chapter XI THE MONITOR AND TEE MERRIMAC riTH this chapter we enter the Civil War, and as » » the conflict is the dividing line between old-style navies and new, it is important to understand the great changes in ships and guns that took place between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The Constitution, the typical heavy frigate of our little navy in the earlier war, was better than any other frigate in the European navies. During that war we had no ships of the line at all. In 1814 we launched a 74-gun ship of the line, the Independence, built on the old-fashioned lines. In that very year, however, the United States launched another kind of war vessel that was destined to make these old sailing ships obsolete. It was the little steamer Fulton, the first steam man-of-war in the world. Naturally, the sailor men did not look with favor on the introduction of steam. "Any one who can boil a tea-kettle will be as good as the best of us!" growled Stephen Decatur. At first the steam vessels were not very satisfactory as men-of-war. Their boilers had a disconcerting way of blowing up, and the paddle wheels were, of course, exposed to shot. For a long time, therefore, when steam was introduced on a man-of-war it was regarded as only auxiliary. The main dependence was on sail, and old salts prophesied that navies would always rely on sail. But the era of sail navies, which had begun with the Armada, came rapidly to an end. The deathblow was given by Ericsson's invention of the screw propeller. By putting the propeller under water and doing away with the exposed paddle wheels, Ericsson removed the last real objection to the use of steam on a man-of-war. At first Ericsson went from Sweden to England to sell his invention, but as he was unable to hammer his i...
Title:The Boy's Book of Famous WarshipsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217575099

ISBN - 13:9780217575096