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There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy, But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.

Photograph on the deck of the USS Monitor after the Battle at Hampton Roads from the Library of Congress collection

Ironclad : the epic battle, calamitous loss, and historic recovery of the USS Monitor Camden, Me. : International Marine/McGraw-Hill, c 2006  Paul Clancy United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. viii, 266 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-257) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

The 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.

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