John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
The 19th century was noted for naval innovation, including ship design, motive power, and naval ordnance. But the change in seaboard weaponry – explosive shells, armor-piercing shot, rams, shell guns, and rifled cannon – forced the transition from wooden ships to armored vessels. By the dawn of the 20th century, every major warship would be made of steel, steam-powered, and armed with rifled guns. War at sea would never be the same.
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“The Battle of Mobile Bay,” painting, ca. 1884. Unknown artist after William H. Overend.
The Mariners’ Museum 1933.0723.000001