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March 08, 2010


Hugh Fisher

Nice article and interesting viewpoint on the Civil War, but goes too far with "every wooden-hulled sailing warship on Earth suddenly became obsolete." The British Warrior and French Gloire with their wooden hulls had a tremendous advantage over Virginia and Monitor: they could actually sail across the ocean without sinking in heavy waves.
Wood was better than iron for hull structures for another decade or two, until the steel makers got it right.

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