According to the book summary after the endnotes, Sacred Vessels "is an irreverent account of the modern battleship and its place in American naval history from the sinking of the coal-fired Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the deployment of the cruise missile-armed Missouri in the Persian Gulf in 1991."
Sumida, Jon Tetsuro
"I. "Technology, Culture, and the Modern Battleship","
Naval War College Review: Vol. 45
, Article 7.
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