Northern tribes finally adapt technology of Southern tribes
Well . . . this photo montage that I created, has nothing to do with Native American culture, but I couldn’t resist the humor. The USS Zumwalt is an amazing accomplishment in technological advancement, but the truth is that its design was inspired by the radical new ship designs by the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War.
There’s bit of personnel satisfaction in this story. Back many moons ago in Naval History class, I pointed out to our instructor, who was a Lt. Commander from Annapolis, that the Dixie approach to ship design was vastly superior to standard warship designs of the 20th century . . . at least from the perspective of architects and structural engineers. You see the Confederate warships were not only designed to deflect cannon shells, but were also much more stable in hurricanes. The wind and water blew over their streamlined forms. On the other hand, until this century, ships of all navies consisted of vertical and horizontal plates of steel, welded together. The result were ships that functioned like water wheels, when struck on the sides by wind and waves. Such ships can often be terribly damaged by any explosion.
The triangular structural forms that created these Confederate ironclads provided much greater protection for the sailors inside. There was another thing. Japanese kamakazi’s would have skimmed over modern versions of Confederate ironclads and right into the water. Think how many thousands upon thousands of sailors’ lives would have been saved, if ships shaped like the USS Zumwalt had fought in the Pacific War.
Unfortunately, the Lt. Commander was neither impressed with my brilliance or amused by my regional humor. In a heavy New York accent he essentially told me to either leave my redneck humor at home or else forget about being an officer and gentleman some day. He who laughs last, laughs best.
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