|"The Monitor and Merrimac: The First Fight Between Ironclads", Louis Prang & Co., Boston (Source)|
To me the USS Zumwalt looks more like a cross between the Virginia, with that sloped in hull and deck house, and the Monitor with it's unadorned superstructure and relative lack of any masts.
|To refresh your memories, this is USS Zumwalt. (Source)|
|Cheese boxes, I can't say if there's any cheese in 'em. (Source)|
I saw the book on the left, which reminded me of Skip's comment yesterday referring to "Tin Can Sailors," he was one of those mind you (as were the two oldest of the progeny). I'm familiar with the story and the exceptional bravery shown by those men in their small ships. The book on the right just looks damned good (I had read a review of it some time back) and am familiar, though not in detail, with the fighting in the waters off Guadalcanal. As the same chap wrote both books, they make a nice matching set.
One last historical note on the battle in Hampton Roads between Monitor and Virginia, well let's give you a video instead. It's a pretty good summary and has a very human touch at the end. (Also interesting, perhaps only to me, one of the submarine combat systems I was privileged to work on was for a certain class of submarine, the Virginia class. Proud heritage there methinks.) You can read more about the battle here as well. The video also explains why some folk called the Virginia, the Merrimac. She started life as the latter, went to war as the former.
Quite a story, neh?