Before the Ironclad - Warship Design and Development 1815-1860, David K Brown .
Looks at the final half century of wooden warships, from the end of
the Napoleonic Wars to the appearance of the first major ironclad
ships, a period of constant technological progress. Although the Royal
Navy has gained a reputation for being a conservative organisation
during this period, this book proves that it was always willing to
experiment with new ideas, just not interested in triggering an
expensive arms race.
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