Derek85 Wrote:
Mar 24, 2013 10:25 AM
During the Civil War a brilliant naval engineer named John Ericcson met with Abraham Lincoln and Gideon Wells. He told them NOT to build an ironclad - a wooden ship, with sails, dependent on the undependable wind, and clad with iron plates like the Merrimac. He told them to build a totally iron hull, powered by a dependable coal-fired steam engine which eliminated the need for sails, masts, rigging. Instead Ericcson placed a revolving turrett with two canons on the deck of the Monitor. Trying to use undependable wind for power is reverting to pre-Civil War technology. If the wind was a dependable source of power. our ships would still have sails.