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Civil War Lecture:
USS Camanche

May 20 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Headshot photos of John V. Quarstein & Robert Bailey

John V. Quarstein & Robert Bailey


Presenters: John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center,
with guest speaker Robert Bailey

About the presentation:
The March 9, 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads fought by the ironclads USS
Monitor and CSS Virginia changed the future of naval warfare. The Union commissioned the next generation of monitors, 10 new Passaic-class ironclads. California had sided with the Union and petitioned Washington, D.C., for a modern naval ship to protect San Francisco’s harbor. Gold and silver continued to flow en route to the East Coast to fund the war effort. Thus, an innovative plan was hatched to construct USS Camanche.

Civil engineer Robert Bailey will share the incredible story of this monitor, built in New Jersey, disassembled, and shipped in pieces to the West Coast via the clipper ship Aquila. But not all went as planned! Find out from Bailey: Is it possible to sink a ship before it’s launched?

Attending in person?
This lecture is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited. Should you find you are unable to attend, please call us at (757) 596-2222 to cancel your reservation so that another mariner can attend.
Watching remotely?
This lecture is free to watch online, and you may register below.


Civil War Lecture
USS Camanche: The West Coast’s Only Ironclad
Friday, May 20, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

In person
Free for Museum Members • $1 for guests

Free to watch online

Image header credit: USS Camanche, 1864. View of the bow and deck of the partially re-assembled ironclad monitor. The Mariners’ Museum P0001.014-01–PN629     

Pre-registration is required.
For additional assistance, questions or support, please contact us at: [email protected].

Can’t attend?
No problem! Many of our programs and lectures are uploaded to our
YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.




May 20
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
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(757) 596-2222