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Missouri at Sea: Warships with Show-Me State Names

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Although the state of Missouri is located hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, ships with Missouri names and connections have served the United States for decades. In Missouri at Sea, Richard Schroeder tells about the ships that were named after the state, its cities, and its favorite sons and explores the important role that each has played in American history.
For each vessel, a brief history is supplied, and the book is illustrated with many extraordinary images and ...

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Overview

Although the state of Missouri is located hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, ships with Missouri names and connections have served the United States for decades. In Missouri at Sea, Richard Schroeder tells about the ships that were named after the state, its cities, and its favorite sons and explores the important role that each has played in American history.
For each vessel, a brief history is supplied, and the book is illustrated with many extraordinary images and photographs taken from official U.S. government records and archives. Schroeder begins his volume with the first St. Louis and other small early ships that were symbolic of America’s modest nineteenth-century commercial and political ambitions. The first Missouri, one of the earliest American steamships, depicts the United States’ move into the industrial and technological revolution of the nineteenth century.
Another Federal St. Louis and a Confederate Missouri highlight the Mississippi River Civil War campaign. Schroeder then turns to America’s rise as a global military power at the beginning of the twentieth century with stories of the St. Louis in the Spanish-American War and the first battleship Missouri of Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet. The dominance of the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater is illustrated by the fourth and most famous of all the ships to bear the name Missouri, whose deck was the site for the Japanese surrender.
The advanced technological achievements of the mid-twentieth century are represented by the nuclear submarines named for one of Missouri’s favorite sons and for its capital: Daniel Boone and Jefferson City. Also highlighted in the volume is the 5,000-crew nuclear aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, along with smaller ships named for Missouri war heroes. Missouri at Sea will appeal to those readers interested in naval history and technology or Missouri history.

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Editorial Reviews

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Schroeder's book will make a valuable contribution to Missouri and U.S. history and will remind Missourians of the contributions their citizens, and the ships named for their state, have made to American history. . . . As the son of a proud navy veteran from Missouri, I welcome this book."--Ike Skelton

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Schroeder's book will make a valuable contribution to Missouri and U.S. history and will remind Missourians of the contributions their citizens, and the ships named for their state, have made to American history. . . . As the son of a proud navy veteran from Missouri, I welcome this book."--Ike Skelton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826215239
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Missouri Heritage Readers Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 991,102
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard E. Schroeder currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, after retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Birth of the United States Navy: The First Warships with Missouri Names - St. Louis and Missouri 3
Ch. 2 The Civil War - Two American Navies: Another St. Louis and Another Missouri 18
Ch. 3 The Great Naval Arms Race and the First World War: Decline and Rebirth - A New Missouri and Two Named St. Louis 47
Ch. 4 Another St. Louis and the Last Missouri: The Second World War 82
Ch. 5 The Cold War 104
Ch. 6 A New World, New Threats, and New Ships 130
For More Reading 153
Index 155
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