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John Ericsson designed the MONITOR, a Civil War ironclad that inspired European countries to build similar vessels. Although Russian Admiral Alexander Popoff attempted to improve upon the design, his rounded vessels were subject to spinning helplessly in the ocean and were eventually retired.
Assigned to building and floating an ironclad warship to help recapture North Carolina positions, 1st Lt. Gilbert Elliot designed the CSS Albemarle during the spring of 1863. Constructed at Edward's Ferry, on the Roanoke River, the CSS Albemarle was built in a cornfield owned by William Ruffin Smith.