Handbook of 19th Century Naval Warfare
Great technological advances have been made in nearly each zone of maritime army job among 1793 and 1914. in the beginning of the 19th century the Napoleonic wars marked the zenith of battling sail and wood hulls. via the sunrise of the 20th century, seriously armed iron-hulled warships, powered by way of oil-fired burners and pushed by means of screw propellers, pointed to the form of items to come back. Spencer Tucker's seriously illustrated narrative account of this important transition section in naval historical past specializes in the evolution of ships and their ordnance. Tucker opens with a precis of know-how, strategies, and process within the early 1800s, by way of debts of the wars of the Napoleonic interval and the criteria that ended in British naval supremacy. He then describes the revolutions that in naval ordnance, propulsion, iron hulls, and underwater battle and reports the naval scenario ahead of the 1st international battle, exhibiting how alterations performed out within the Sino-Japanese, Russo-Japanese, and Spanish-American Wars. He concludes with an evidence of the realm naval stability at the eve of the area warfare I.