The Whole Character of Maritime Life: British Reactions to the USS Monitor and the American Ironclad Experience

By Howard J. Fuller, published August 2002


This paper examines the reactions of the British Government, the Royal Navy and the general population of Great Britain to the success of the USS Monitor in the American Civil War. Its controversial design and success opened debate in the United Kingdom as to the future design of British warships and their future role in the maintenance of the defence of the United Kingdom as well as their international role.

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Filed under: American Civil War
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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