This is the first book-length study devoted to the vessels of the Confederate Navy, including all types used during the conflict: ironclads (both domestic and foreign-built), commerce raiders, blockade runners, riverine and ocean-going gunboats, torpedo and submersible vessels, and floating batteries. The book emphasizes the development, construction, and design of these vessels using, where available, original plans, photographs, and contemporary descriptions. The author describes these vessels in context with wartime conditions as well as with the transitional naval technology of the era. Over 100 vessels are detailed, including more than 30 ironclads, both American and foreign built. Over 150 illustrations are included, many of which have not previously been published. Also included is a section on steam engine technology of the era.
Donald L. Canney is an historian and author of eight books. He has specialized in the history of the U.S. Navy in the transitional period from sail to steam power and wood to steel construction. He has also produced books on the Navy? pre-Civil War anti-slave trade squadron, as well as on the U.S. Coast Guard? role in Hurricane Katrina. Don is from Connecticut, obtained a B.A. degree from Georgia Southern University, and taught high school from 1974 to 1984. He worked for the United States Coast Guard as registrar for the service? national artifact program from 1991 to his retirement in 2006. He now resides in Columbus, Ohio and continues to write and research.

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