US Cruisers 1883–1904

US Cruisers 1883–1904

The birth of the steel navy

New Vanguard 143
  • Author: Lawrence Burr
  • Illustrator: Ian Palmer, John White
  • Short code: NVG 143
  • Publication Date: 4 Jun 2008
  • Number of Pages: 48
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By the end of the Civil War the US Navy was the most advanced in the world, but in subsequent years 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. Naval historian Lawrence Burr details how these cruisers allowed America to rebuild their navy, exploring the design and development of these ships. Placing these advances in context, through vivid accounts of how US cruisers performed in the Spanish-American War of 1898, notably at Manila Bay and Santiago, he investigates the emergence of the US Navy as a major power. Illustrated with early photographs and full-colour artwork, this is a concise history of the birth and development of a modern navy that was the precursor to the development of modern steel fleets around the world.

Biographical Note

Lawrence Burr was a Co-Producer of the Channel 4 documentary, ""Jutland-Clash of the Dreadnoughts"". Lawrence took part in the expedition that surveyed the underwater wrecks of the battlecruisers by divers and camera equipped ROV. Lawrence has had a long interest in naval history, and resides on the Gulf Coast of Florida, USA.Tony Bryan is a freelance illustrator of many years' experience who lives and works in Dorset. He initially qualified in Engineering and worked for a number of years in Military Research and Development, and has a keen interest in military hardware - armour, small arms, aircraft and ships. Tony has produced many illustrations for partworks, magazines and books, including a number of titles in the New Vanguard series.

Contents

Introduction A Naval Renaissance Design and Construction The Ships Cruisers in Action Pointing the Guns USS Olympia Conclusion Select Bibliography Appendix Index

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