USS Michigan: The US Navy’s First Iron-Hull Ship

Although ironclad warships—wooden hulls covered with metal plates—were a staple of both the Union and Confederate navies in the Civil War, the first US Navy ship to be made completely of iron had already been built some twenty years before, and launched on the Great Lakes.

Prow of USS Michigan, on display at the Erie Maritime Museum

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Icons of Aviation: A-1 Triad

The US Navy carried out a number of crucial early experiments with aircraft, using a specially-designed seaplane from Glenn Curtiss. Ultimately, this led to the aircraft carrier which has dominated naval warfare for decades.

A-1 Triad on display at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola FL

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