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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2019 1:09 p.m. PST

Interesting thread…

"The Royal Navy attacks on U.S. coastal cities began as a response to the U.S. Navy's attempt to intercept troop transports heading to Halifax Nova Scotia. Despite being routed, Admiral Beaucahmp Seymour the overall British Naval Commander in the War, sent a squadron of Royal Navy Center-battery Ironclads to pursue the attacking U.S. warships to their homeport of Portland Maine. On paper the U.S. Navy was no match for the Royal Navy with its antiquated collection of Ironclads. However the U.S. retained a large number of steamers that could be used to attack Royal Navy transports and merchantmen.

After Portland and new intelligence of attacks on merchantmen in the south Atlantic, Admiral Seymour convinced the Admiralty Board that it was necessary to systematically destroy the United States Coastal fortifications and shipyards along both the Atlantic and the Pacific Coasts For his campaign Admiral Seymour collected an eclectic collection of warships, including ironclad battleships, gunboats, torpedo boats, relay ships and wooden steamships. The Battleships were mostly center battery ironclads of the War of Secession era, but also included four of the world's most advanced turreted ironclads: Dreadnought, Neptune, Inflexible and Devastation….."
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