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Deserting USS Monitor

Friday, September 8, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

In Person | Virtual

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Coal heaver William/Wilhelm Durst, after 1862. The Mariners’ Museum and Park MS0016-02-004-050.


John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

USS Monitor was the strangest warship many sailors had ever seen. While all the enlisted men were volunteers, as soon as some arrived on board, they immediately deserted to “parts unknown.” When the ironclad was repaired in the Washington Navy Yard, the sailors were granted liberty. Many did not return. Not only was Monitor unseaworthy, it was also very uncomfortable, prompting many to desert.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk.

John V. Quarstein

Registration information:

Location: Explorers Theater
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.

In person

Free for Museum Members.
Included in $1 admission


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.

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Image credit: Coal heaver William/Wilhelm Durst, after 1862. Durst was one of many men who deserted USS Monitor. The Mariners’ Museum and Park MS0016-02-004-050.

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