US Cruisers 1883-1908

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At the end of the Civil War the US Navy was the most technologically advanced navy in the world, but after the war this spirit of innovation faded and America's naval might dwindled. However, in the 1880s a "New Navy" was born and at the forefront of its fleet were the mighty cruisers. Lawrence Burr details how it was these cruisers that allowed America to once again display its power on the world's oceans. Exploring how the birth of this "Steel Navy" required the development of new shipbuilding, motive power, ...

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US Cruisers 1883-1904: The birth of the steel navy

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Overview

At the end of the Civil War the US Navy was the most technologically advanced navy in the world, but after the war this spirit of innovation faded and America's naval might dwindled. However, in the 1880s a "New Navy" was born and at the forefront of its fleet were the mighty cruisers. Lawrence Burr details how it was these cruisers that allowed America to once again display its power on the world's oceans. Exploring how the birth of this "Steel Navy" required the development of new shipbuilding, motive power, ordnance, and armour-plate production capability, he details the design and development of these ships.

Intricate colour artwork illuminates the technicalities of the design, especially their internal workings through a cutaway of the USS Olympia, which has been restored and is now on public display. This title also places these technological advances in context, through vivid accounts of how US cruisers were fundamental to the Spanish-American War of 1898, destroying the Spanish fleet at the battles of Manila Bay and Santiago. It was their performance at these engagements that marked the emergence of the US Navy as a major naval power, and America as a world power.

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"These short histories provide the salient details of the individual ships - noting especially the improvements made over their predecessors - without a reader having to acquire a large, expensive "encyclopedia" of American cruiser history. Each section is extremely well illustrated, with photographs as well as lavishly detailed, illustrated, original artworks." -J. Graeme Arbuckle, The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord (Sept 2009)

"In addition to the superb period photographs of these vessels, there is the artwork of Ian Palmer and John White to further enhance the experience of reading this book. It makes for a well rounded publication and a book that I can most highly recommend to you."- Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (June 2008)

"Overall, a very valuable point of reference for the ship modeler, researcher, or student interested in the steel navy cruiser era. Highly recommended from this modelers point of view!" - Mark R. Smith, Model Shipwrights

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032677
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: New Vanguard Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 814,748
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Burr has had a life long passion for naval history. He was recently the British specialist on a Channel 4 documentary on Jutland. He has also been part of a team who has conducted underwater explorations of the Battlecruiser wrecks. The author lives in Palm Harbor, FL.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
A Naval Renaissance     4
Design and Construction     8
The Ships     11
Ships authorized in 1883
Ships authorized in 1885
Ships authorized in 1886
Ships authorized in 1887
Ships authorized in 1888
Ships authorized from 1890 to 1891
Ships authorized in 1892
Ships authorized from 1893 to 1898
Ships authorized in 1899
Ships authorized in 1900
Ships authorized from 1902 to 1904
Cruisers in Action     25
The Spanish-American War, 1898
The battle of Manila Bay
The battle of Santiago
Naval diplomacy
Pointing the Guns     36
The men behind the guns
USS Olympia     37
Conclusion     43
Select Bibliography     44
Appendix     46
Index     48
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    US Cruisers gave me everything I needed. Tables of all the ship's specs, tactical use, military highlights, origins and influences, and seamless writing. Osprey books are the perfect gift for any buff. I purchased this book in particular to aid background research into an alternate history/Steampunk idea I entertain.

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