By William H. Roberts
Civil battle Ironclads provides the 1st finished learn 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. army confronted the large engineering demanding situations of a principally experimental expertise. additionally, it needed to deal with a boat acquisition application of remarkable dimension and complexity. to satisfy those demanding situations, the military demonstrated a "project workplace" that used to be almost self reliant of the present administrative process. The workplace spearheaded efforts to expand the naval commercial base and increase a marine fleet of ironclads by means of granting shipbuilding contracts to inland companies. below the serious strain of a wartime financial system, it realized to aid its high-technology vessels whereas incorporating the teachings of combat.
But neither the broadened commercial base nor the complicated administration procedure survived the go back of peace. price overruns, delays, and technical error discredited the embryonic undertaking place of work, whereas capital hunger and unending layout adjustments crippled or ruined nearly each significant builder of ironclads. while army contracts evaporated, so did the shipyards. opposite to frequent trust, Roberts concludes, the ironclad application 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