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The Navy and the Advent of Steam

Why was the Navy so reluctant to convert to steam? Could any factors have sped up the process? Do you think the Navy was right to delay the process? Thoroughly explain why or why not.

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Hi. The solution below should get you started, if you have any questions regarding the solution, just let me know via the feedback section. You can also use the listed references to expand on the information provided. Since you did not indicate the Navy in question, I have come to focus on 2 naval camps - the American and the British as both shared the same reluctance in relation to the use of steam. Good luck with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass.

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Steam Engine

After the War of 1812-1814, the British Navy's superiority as the global naval power was unquestioned. The war against the Spanish Armada was quelled via the leadership of Admiral Nelson and though he perished in the Battle of Trafalgar, the ascendency of the British Empire was secured via naval tactics and leadership originating from ideals that became the foundation of Europe's naval power - Great Britain. Its naval power was evidenced in ...

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The solution is a 542-word discussion that explores why the US and the British Navy were very reluctant to convert to steam in the earlier quarter of the 19th century and how they have come to embrace the technology and the changes/development it brought.