(POD) An error is made in a steel mill, two steam boiler orders are mixed up, one for the engineer Hiram Percy Maxim, and the other for the shipwright Anthony Duram. Maxim receives a faulty boiler which explodes killing him and destroying his workshop in 1865. The shipwright Anthony Duram is not killed and becomes amazed at the strength of the steel boiler, inspiring him to design a steel warship for the Royal Navy. In 1872 the Monroe Doctrine was overturned by President Ulysses S. Grant, due to threats from European powers about trade.


Impact Pre-19th century

Colonial Wars

Weapon Development

20th Century

European Tensions

The Grand War


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