Report of the Armor Factory Board, with Accompanying Documents.


Proposals for a planned federal steel plant to manufacture plate armor for U.S. battleships.

1 in stock

High-Resolution Images Are Available for Purchase HERE. Please email me with any questions or inquiries.

This uncommon volume was published in Washington, D.C. by the Government Printing Office in 1898. It contains the previous year’s annual report of the Navy Department’s Armory Factory Board, established to consider the steps “necessary to establish a Government armor factory”. The Navy was finding it difficult to acquire high-quality steel plate for its expanding fleet of battleships and armored cruisers. Members of the committee visited three foundries and spoke with a number of industry experts before submitted the enclosed designs.

The first 22 pages provide a brief overview of the board, copies of relevant correspondence, and descriptions of the enclosed diagrams (38 total). Plans and cross-sections include the following; General arrangement of shops, Open-hearth building (4), Forging and cementing shop (4), Boiler house (2), Power house, Bending and tempering shop (3), Machine shop (2), Detail of stacks, Erecting shop (2), Blacksmith shop, Locomotive house, Carpenter shop, Office, Laboratory, Heating furnace, Car-bottom furnace (2), Reheating furnace, Ladle and transfer trucks (2), Tempering furnace, Detail of truss, Siemens gas producers, Forging press, and Bending press.

The volume concludes with approximately 40 photographs of three primary armories – the Bethlehem Iron Company, the Carnegie Steel Company, and the Illinois Steel Company. These images offer a fascinating visual catalog of the massive machinery required to forge, found, and rivet America’s war machines for the impending conflict with Spain.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1898

Author: United States Navy Department

Sheet Width (in): See Description

Sheet Height (in): See Description

Condition: B+

Condition Description: 94 pp. + 38 foldout diagrams and 40 photographic plates. Apparently complete and bound in original full leather boards. Covers are soiled and moderately worn. The first plate has separated along the edges of the lower panel. Otherwise, the contents show some toning and wear along the fore-edge and there is some scattered spotting and wear in the fold-outs, but overall in good to very goodcondition.


1 in stock