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Civil War Lecture: Failed Union Monitors

October 12 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Failed Union Monitors

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Lecture begins at 2:30 PM

Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below.

USS Monitor’ssuccess in Hampton Roads in March 1862 prompted the US Navy to order additional monitors, including the Passaic-class. While the Passaicand other subsequent classes like the Canonicus-class helped the Union enforce the blockade, there were several other designs that proved to be major failures. Alban Stimers produced USS Casco and 20 other sister ships beginning in 1864. The Casco design was seriously flawed and these ironclads were pronounced unseaworthy. These monitors could not mount a turret and all were scrapped after the war. Several other monitor modified designs were attempted in the rush to defeat the Confederacy with many of them considered failures.


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October 12
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222