Thursday, March 03, 2005

Ironclad

Type of warship developed in Europe and the United States in the mid-19th century, characterized by the iron casemates that protected the hull. In the Crimean War (1853 - 56) the French and British successfully attacked Russian fortifications with �floating batteries,� ironclad barges mounting heavy guns, that were towed into position. The French built the first iron

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