Naval Power in the War (1914-1917)
Gill, C. C. 1918
USS Roanoke, the most advanced ironclad of the Civil War, is pictured here with a dreadnaught class battleship of the early twentieth century. The Roanoke remarkably resembles modern ships in use nearly fifty years later, as steam and iron overcame sails and wood. The influence of this battleship design is still seen in modern naval vessels.
Drawn from the Museum & Library's rare book collection, this special display is part of SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice—providing a unique glimpse into the history of the U.S. Navy. Featuring authentic texts and compelling illustrations dating to the Navy's beginnings in the late 18th century, these rare books and documents trace the evolution of naval warfare from an era of masts, sails, and pirates to the advent of steam-powered ironclads, and from the UDT Divers of WWII to the Navy SEALs of today.
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