Many books have covered the technological revolution that saw wooden hulls replaced by iron and steel, sail superseded by steam, and smooth-bore muzzle-loading gun giving way to rifled breech-loaders and entirely new weapons like torpedoes. But previous works have tended to concentrate on the technology itself, largely to the exclusion of external but crucial factors, like politics, finance, administrative problems, foreign threats and strategic situations. The years 1870-1885 have also been neglected because they were seen as the 'dark ages of the Admiralty', but this book argues strongly that, although the problems faced were greater than in previous decades, it is actually a pivotal period in the emergence of the modern warship. In so doing, it counters the general perception that that those responsible for British design policy at the time were retrogressive, incompetent, or both. What emerges is a more complete picture of the problems - often insoluble - faced by the Admiralty during the era, and the sensible steps it took to meet them.... n.d.) Scott, Percy, Fifty Years in the Royal Navy (New York, 1919) Seaton, Albert E., A Manual of Marine Engineering, ... Institution (1899), pp591-616 The Times, London The United Service Gazette, London United States, (Lerner, William, anbsp;...
|Title||:||Birth of the Battleship|
|Author||:||John Francis Beeler|
|Publisher||:||Chatham Publishing - 2001|