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- DescriptionCivil War Ironclads supplies the first comprehensive study of one of the most ambitious programs in the history of naval shipbuilding. In constructing its new fleet of ironclads, William H. Roberts explains, the U.S. Navy faced the ermous engineering challenges of a largely experimental techlogy. In addition, it had to manage a ship acquisition program of unprecedented size and complexity. To meet these challenges, the Navy established a project office that was virtually independent of the existing administrative system. The office spearheaded efforts to broaden the naval industrial base and develop a marine fleet of ironclads by granting shipbuilding contracts to inland firms. Under the intense pressure of a wartime ecomy, it learned to support its high-techlogy vessels while incorporating the lessons of combat. But neither the broadened industrial base r the advanced management system survived the return of peace. Cost overruns, delays, and technical blunders discredited the embryonic project office, while capital starvation and never-ending design changes crippled or ruined almost every major builder of ironclads. When Navy contracts evaporated, so did the shipyards. Contrary to widespread belief, Roberts concludes, the ironclad program set Navy shipbuilding back a generation.
- Author BiographyAfter retiring from the navy in 1994 as a surface warfare officer, William H. Roberts earned his Ph.D. in history at the Ohio State University in Columbus. He is the author of USS New Ironsides in the Civil War and Now for the Contest : Coastal and Oceanic Naval Operations in the Civil War.
- PrizesJoint winner for John Lyman Book Award: Science and Technology 2002.
- Author(s)William H. Roberts
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication06/11/2007
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleJohns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note26, 9 black & white halftones, 17 black & white line drawings
- Weight408 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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