By William H. Roberts
Civil struggle Ironclads offers the 1st entire examine of 1 of the main formidable courses within the historical past of naval shipbuilding. In developing its new fleet of ironclads, William H. Roberts explains, the U.S. military confronted the large engineering demanding situations of a principally experimental know-how. furthermore, it needed to deal with a boat acquisition application of extraordinary dimension and complexity. to fulfill those demanding situations, the army confirmed a "project place of work" that was once nearly self reliant of the prevailing administrative process. The place of work spearheaded efforts to develop the naval commercial base and advance a marine fleet of ironclads via granting shipbuilding contracts to inland organisations. below the serious strain of a wartime economic system, it discovered to aid its high-technology vessels whereas incorporating the teachings of combat.
But neither the broadened commercial base nor the complicated administration approach survived the go back of peace. price overruns, delays, and technical errors discredited the embryonic venture place of work, whereas capital hunger and unending layout alterations crippled or ruined virtually each significant builder of ironclads. while military contracts evaporated, so did the shipyards. opposite to common trust, Roberts concludes, the ironclad software set military shipbuilding again a generation.
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Civil War Ironclads: The U.S. Navy and Industrial Mobilization (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) by William H. Roberts