During the Civil War, wooden ships were used. The ships the North built were used to blockade the South. The ships the South used were built to outrun the blockade. This all changed when the first ironclad, the Virginia, was… Full Answer
It was the first recorded naval battle between ironclad (ships with iron hulls) ships. Until that battle, all others had been between wooden sailing vessels, or the occasional ironclad against wooden sailing vessel. It signified a new era in naval… Full Answer
They could resist burning, withstand cannon fire, splinter wooden ships, and travel much faster than other ships. The speed of ironclads during the US Civil War is questionable in its relation to the speed of wooden warships.
They were the first two ironclad ships to face each other. Naval Architects noted the difficulty they had in sinking each other and started to untilize motorized iron ships in their planning for the future, thus bringing an end to… Full Answer
They haven't stopped yet. However, the beginning of the end for wooden ships was the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac during the US Civil War. Although they were iron-clad wooden ships, the advantage of metal warships was apparent… Full Answer
It was our first naval battle that used many weapons that changed how we use naval ships and weapons. It was a battle between iron clad ships. Up to then, war ships were wooden with copper plating to protect it… Full Answer