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Derived from the bomb ketch of the 17th & 18th century, and of course more famous for it's duel with the Merrimac/Virginia, Ericsson's Monitor became the prototype and name for a class/type of ship used by a number of countries in the latter half of the 19th Century and first half of the 20th. Use probably peaked in WW1, but they carried through into WW2. The biggest drawback was their speed and soon fast battleships with greater firepower made them obsolete.

 

Here's an ancestor under construction, HMS Roberts as she would have been off Sword Beach, 6 June 1944. The resemblance is strong.

 

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