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With the onset of the Industrial Age, Western civilisation began to experience a degree of technological and economic mastery hitherto unknown for centuries. One of the areas impacted by this was the production of iron, which made it cheaper and easier to work with. The more reliable and more economical supply of iron thus meant that a new chapter in naval history was about to be written: the age of metal warships.
The mastery of steam power and the new navies of 19th century Europe (as well as many conflicts throughout the period) soon meant that ironclads would progress from being ad hoc improvised vessels (such as the Japanese atakebune, or the conversion of ships of the line reclad in iron and refitted with steam propulsion) but were purposefully built vessels meant to be constructed en masse on an industrial scale.