Miscellaneous <1900 (Alternate) History Thread

Strange question on US Navy ship naming...
In 1869, a man named Adolph Borie served as Secretary of the Navy under President US Grant for a few months... during that time, he had many of the vessels of the US Navy renamed. He disliked the Indian names (which were quite popular), believing them hard-to-pronounce, and replaced them largely with names from Graeco-Roman mythology... many of them frankly seeming more appropriate for the RN :). As soon as he was out of office (that same year), his successor George Robeson promptly changed them most of them back to their original names, or gave them new names altogether.
Does ANYBODY know where to find a full list of the US Navy vessels renamed in 1869?
How about this?
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Edit: If you can find the sources noted at the end, I expect there is more detail in them.
Warship International Vol 26, № 3 (1989), p309. Published by the International Naval Research Organisation.
Link: http://www.jstor.org/stable/44894667. (Accessed 16th September 2020)
 
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I saw somewhere on a "WI Romans get gunpowder" thread that the Romans did not have the metallurgy expertise to make the complex designs that were seen in flintlock muskets. Also, I was wondering if they had the technology to build 10-20 story "skyscrapers." If we give them a few centuries to develop these technologies, how would I make the Romans improve in these fields to be able to make flintlock muskets and steel frames for skyscrapers? There are a lot of smart people on this site, so I thought someone might be able to explain how I would go about doing this for a timeline I'm thinking about writing.
I wrote a post involving tech uplifting a while ago, it may be useful (the first quoted post in there is the one relating to iron metallurgy). I also wrote another post relating to the metallurgy of gun and cannon barrels- the metallurgy in those is not very advanced, and a matchlock would be easy. But the flintlock mechanism itself apparently uses steel, so it will be harder.

(Also note that those was written from a modern perspective, specifically an ISOT/SI trying to uplift a society. So even things in those sources/posts that are simple to us would take a long time for the Romans to figure out on their own- and OTL they weren't worked out for hundreds of years.)
 
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