Engineer in Gray: Memoirs of Chief Engineer James H. Tomb, CSN James H. Tomb

ISBN: 9780786419913

Published: February 1st 2005

Hardcover

206 pages


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Engineer in Gray: Memoirs of Chief Engineer James H. Tomb, CSN  by  James H. Tomb

Engineer in Gray: Memoirs of Chief Engineer James H. Tomb, CSN by James H. Tomb
February 1st 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 206 pages | ISBN: 9780786419913 | 9.35 Mb

Chief Engineer James Hamilton Tomb (1839-1929) devoted almost 12 years of his early life to wartime naval service - first in the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War and then in the Marinha do Brasil during the War of the TripleMoreChief Engineer James Hamilton Tomb (1839-1929) devoted almost 12 years of his early life to wartime naval service - first in the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War and then in the Marinha do Brasil during the War of the Triple Alliances.

A steam engineer by profession and a torpedo expert by circumstance, Tomb was in the forefront of naval weapons technology of the period. Tomb quickly amassed not only the knowledge required of a steam engineer, but also the courage and capacity to assume important positions of command. Within days of his commissioning, he was on his way to his first assignment - first class engineer on the CSS Jackson at New Orleans, Louisiana, a point of great strategic importance.

Here, amid a tightening blockade and a growing fear of Federal attack from the Gulf, Tombs memoirs begin... Tombs first-person narration is interspersed with explanatory comments from the author- the author also fills in Tombs life at the memoirs beginning and end. Three appendices include documents by Tomb: Submarines and Torpedo Boats, C.S.N., manuscript Tomb wrote for his family describing in detail his experiences with the torpedo boat David and submarine H.L.

Hunley, and Reminiscences of Torpedo Service in Charleston Harbor, published in 1877 in the Southern Historical Society Papers. A bibliography and a wealth of rare photographs complete the work.



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