Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

You’re All Invited to the Keel-Laying

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Hall on October 9, 2010

My copy of U.S.S. Monitor: The Ship that Launched a Modern Navy by Edward M. Miller, with illustrations by Alan B. Chesney, arrived Saturday. The book includes hull lines, profiles and other drawings in considerable detail, as I’d hoped. In addition, it provides a solid basic history of the ship, and an account of the search effort that found the wreck of the ironclad off Hatteras in 1973. The book’s been out of print for a long time, and that’s a shame — it’s a nice reference to one of the most famous and technologically innovative ships in American history.

Looks like more time in the digital shipyard for me!

Update: Here’s the rough of Monitor, alongside Virginia, to scale:


Image: Line drawing by Alan B. Chesney, Leeward Publications, Inc.

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  1. Craig Swain said, on October 10, 2010 at 12:48 am

    You may have mentioned, but I missed it – what tools are you using to build these renderings?

    • Andy Hall said, on October 10, 2010 at 1:36 am

      Hey, Craig. The modeling is done in Rhinoceros, and the rendering done in its dedicated rendering software, Flamingo. And I have a number of other software tools (e.g., Photoshop) that are part of the process.

      Just realized this month (more or less) marks 10 years digital modeling for me. Makes me feel old (-er).

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