If you're interested in U.S. Naval History...and better yet if your interested in the problems of the early ships of the Navy....this article will be very interesting to you.
I tried to provide a fairly detail outline of how the U.S. Navy went from wood hulls....to copper coated hulls, but this was not really an easy task.
Reason is this was not a 'ready' product in the U.S.....then along came Mr. Paul Revere....
So...the link is below if you would care to read.