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by Paul Clancy

The true story of the Civil War ironclad that saved the Union Navy only to sink in a storm--and its remarkable salvage 140 years later

Ironclad tells the saga of the warship USS Monitor and its salvage, one of the most complex and dangerous in history. The Monitor is followed through its maiden voyage from New York to Hampton Roads, its battle with the Merrimack, and its loss off Cape Hatteras. At the same time, author Paul Clancy takes readers behind the scenes of an improbable collaboration between navy divers and cautious archaeologists working 240 feet deep.

Clancy creates a memorable, fascinating read, including fresh insights into the sinking of the Union ship and giving the answer to an intriguing forensic mystery: the identities of the two sailors whose bones were found in the Monitor's recovered turret.

Download Ironclad: The Epic Battle, Calamitous Loss, and Historic Recovery of the USS Monitor epub
ISBN: 0071431322
ISBN13: 978-0071431323
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Paul Clancy
Language: English
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (August 26, 2005)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1751 kb
FB2 size: 1724 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 864
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Professional level research coupled with a sound research design has led to a book which can be used to help amateur historians understand how historical research and the published results come about. It is clearly written, easy to follow and can be correlated with other books on the subject. I recommend this book who are interested in major technological changes and advancements.
Excellent book
Exciting story, great storytelling! Paul Clancy keeps the story moving, switching between the historical and modern day recovery stories. I couldn't put it down!
It's a little advanced for my 9 YO, but he's really into history, especially Civil War era stuff. If you know a history buff, you can't go wrong with this!
I really liked this book except for two things.

First the title. Ironclad is to me a basically wooden ship that is clad in iron. 'Merrimac' was an ironclad. 'Monitor,' in my mind was not. It's turret, was all iron. This book is mostly about the Monitor. 'Monitor' would have been a better title.

Second is the comment that bringing up the 200 ton turret was the largest, most complex and hazardous ocean salvage operation in history. Bigger and more complex than the 'Glomar Explorer' bringing up the Soviet Golf-II sub in the mid seventies. The Glomar Explorer venture cost in excess of $200 million. I can't believe that we spent that much on the Monitor turret. As for hazardous, what about the rescue of the crew of the 'Squalus?'

Now having finished bitching, this is a great book. Paul Claney has been involved with naval writing, naval history and underwater operations for a very long time. He knows whereof he writes. Living in the Virginia area, he was in the area where the story was happening so he had some personal insite. And finally he is a good writer, able to make this story almost read like a novel.

Anyone interested in the Civil War should find this of interest.

Now, one question I've never even seen asked. During the middle of the battle between the two giants it should have become clear that it was unlikely that they would be able to hurt each other. Why didn't the Confederates simply ignore the 'Cheesebox on a raft' and go sink some more yankee ships?
Paul Clancy's "Ironclad" weaves two stories into a single book that is difficult to put down. Interwoven with chapters on the design, building and career of USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship in the United States, are exciting chapters describing Monitor's discovery in 1973, the determination by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the wreck was rapidly disintegrating, and the subsequent recovery by NOAA and US Navy divers of some of the most important components of the little ironclad's hull, including the propeller, engine and gun turret. As NOAA's Chief Scientist for the recovery expeditions, I can attest to the fact that Clancy has captured the drama and excitement of those arduous days, especially the 2002 expedition during which Monitor's gun turret and guns were recovered, along with the remains of two of her crewmen. I recommend this book to everyone with an interest in history and the spirit of adventure. This is a true story that is sometimes stranger than fiction!