Archive for the Armored Devices Category

C.S.S. Manassas

Posted in Armored Devices, Ships on March 31, 2009 by secondmdus

After Ross Winan’s 1858 Cigar Ship, the idea of cigar-shaped vessels of war was widely circulated – coverage of his invention in Scientific American helped sparked the development of the David Boats, and perhaps F.D. Lee’s Torpedo Ram – which never got its iron shield, but was of similar shape and size.  While Winan’s sons tried to interest the U.S. and Russian Government in cigar-shaped gunboats, the Confederacy took a more direct approach with the C.S.S. Manassas.

This link has several great renderings of the Manassas well as several period engravings.


Ironclads and American Monitors in Peru’s Navy

Posted in Armored Devices, Ships, Submarines (Pre-1900) on March 11, 2009 by secondmdus

Came across this while looking up ironclads – turns out two American Monitors were sold to Peru after the Civil War.

This site also has articles on:

Peruvian built ironclads:

A surviving Ericson monitor – the Huascar:

Peru’s first submarine:

and many other details of the history of Peru’s Navy,

Tanks: Armored Warfare Prior to 1946

Posted in Armored Devices, Tanks on March 11, 2009 by secondmdus

Check out this link for a great collection of images of armored cars, tanks and other armored vehicles My favorite is an 1899 image of a powered four wheel bike sporting a shield and a maxim machine gun –

Netopyr aka Tsar Tank

Posted in Armored Devices, Flights of Fancy on March 8, 2009 by secondmdus

Check out this link for an image of one of the largest and most insane armored devices ever – the Netopyr (Vampire Bat) akd Tsar Tank built in Russia during WWI.

See A Monitor Without a Time Machine

Posted in Armored Devices, Ships on March 4, 2009 by secondmdus

If you have ever wondered what the U.S.S. Moniter was like, you owe yourself a trip to the Monitor Center at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va.   The recently opened center has a life sized replica of the famous iron-clad, as well as artifacts salvaged from the wreck of the historic ship.

For Armor Fans

Posted in Armored Devices on February 23, 2009 by secondmdus

Just came across this link – several pages of photos of several major tank/ armor collections from Russia and the United States – the images are linked to the little blue dots.

Flanigan and Cowan Armored Vehicles (1850s/1860s)

Posted in Armored Devices, Tanks on October 12, 2008 by secondmdus

This link is to an interesting discussion of two 19th century ideas of armored vehicles of John Flanigan and Englishman James Cowan. –