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The Union ship was the Monitor. The Confederate ship was the Virginia, built from the hull of the wooden Merrimac.

The Union Navy had multiple types of ironclads, most notably the monitors for coastal and river operations. They also had a small number of Mississipi river ironclads, and a smaller number of lightly-armored ships called tinclads. The Confederacy had only shore batteries and a single river ironclad (CSS Arkansas) to oppose them. The USS New Ironsides was the most powerful Union ironclad: an ocean-going warship more on a par with the British ironclad HMS Warrior and the French Navy's Gloire. After USS Monitor fought the CSS Virginia at Hampton Roads, more monitors were built, and the name also lent itself to later British warships of WWI and US monitors of the Mekong River in Vietnam. In the case of the original USS Monitor, the term ironclad is almost a misnomer, as the ship was an iron raft with only a wooden main deck. Later monitors had a more conventional wooden boat-shaped hull on which the iron armor was supported, and other improvements. The revolving armored gun turret of the montors became a staple of warship design which had persisted to the present day. The original USS Monitor was designed and named by John Ericsson who had earlier invented the screw propeller, and the name was used to identify subsequent warships of this type.

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Perhaps the most famous Union ship of the American Civil War, the 'U.S.S. Monitor' was the Union's ironclad that did battle with the Confederate ironclad, the 'Virginia,' in March of 1862. Fighting its Southern opponent to a draw, the 'Monitor' continued to serve the North until late 1862, when it sank in a storm.

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The first ironclad warship was the La Gloire (The glory) of the French Navy which was launched in November 1859. This was shortly followed by the Royal Naval vessel HMS Warrior in 1860.

The first US ironclad vessels were produced during the civil war, with the confederate vessel known as the The Merrimack(also known as the CSS Virgiania) finished in March 1862 and the first Northern ship was The Monitor which was launched in 1862. They fought one Civil War battle against each other, which was essentially a draw, and were not used again.

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The Union Ironclad ship was the USS Manassas.

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The first Ironclad ship was the Monitor.

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What was the first ironclad ship made?

The first Ironclad ship ever made was by the northern states during the civil war was named the Monitor.


What was the name of the first nouthern ironclad ship?

Monitor.


What was the first unions ironclad ship name?

Monitor


What was the name of the first northern ironclad ship?

Monitor


What was the name of the first Southern ironclad ship?

The Merrimac


Who first used the ironclad ship in the civil war?

The Union


What was the famous union ironclad ship?

The Union Ironclad ship was the Monitor. The Confederate ship was the Virginia.


Was there an ironclad ship in the Civil War called the Monitor?

YES. IT FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF HAMPTON RHODES AGAINST THE IRONCLAD MERRIMAC IN THE WORLDS FIRST BATTLE OF IRONCLAD SHIPS


Are ironclad ships considered weapons?

A ship is by itself never a weapon, and that also goes for an ironclad ship. The ironclad could only be called a weapon carrier.


Is ironclad ship supposed to be capitalized?

Ironclad ship is not required to be capitalized unless it is at the beginning of a sentence or part of a title.


What was the South's iron clad ship called?

The South's first ironclad warship was the CSS Virginia. This vessel was constructed from a sunken Union ship the USS Merrimack. The Confederates retooled the ship, added much armor and became the first ironclad warship of the US Civil War.


Ironclad ship of the south?

Virginia