The ship that shook the world : Monitor vs. Merrimac

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Date
1955
Summary
Teaching Film Custodians abridged classroom version of a Cavalcade of America television series episode, "The Ship That Shook the World" (season 3, episode 19), which first aired March 29th, 1955 on ABC-TV.  When news is received that the Confederacy is converting the captured Union ship, Merrimac into an iron-armored ship to break the Union blockade of Southern ports, Captain John Ericsson, a naturalized citizen of Swiss birth, convinces a Navy Board to accept his specifications for a warship of revolutionary design, compared to a "cheesebox on a raft" by president Lincoln.  On March 8, 1862, the Merrimac demolishes three conventional Union warships in Chesapeake Bay. The Monitor's shakedown cruise was interrupted for the history-making encounter with the Merrimac at Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862.  The Monitor disables the Southern ironclad, forces it to withdraw never to fight again, and saves the blockade.  The success of the Monitor revolutionizes naval warfare throughout the world.
Publishers
Teaching Film Custodians; Indiana University Audio-Visual Center
Genres
Biographical (Nonfiction); Educational; Historical; War (Nonfiction)
Subject
Ships
Collection
IUL Moving Image Archive
Unit
IUL Moving Image Archive
Language
English
Rights Statement
No Copyright - United States
Physical Description
1 Film (0:19:01); 16mm
Other Identifiers
IULMIA Film Database: 30000136828237; Other: GR00468498; MDPI Barcode: 40000003181577

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