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Confederate Shipbuilding on the Cape Fear River


Abstract:
During the Civil War, Confederate attempts to build ironclads in Wilmington failed because of shortages in skilled labor and materials needed for construction. The Wilmington facilities were more than acceptable for ironclad construction but shortages in oakum, seasoned timber, and metal plate as well as the necessary woodworkers and metalworkers, doomed Confederate efforts.
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21621