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Failed Monitors

Friday, December 15, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

In Person | Virtual

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John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

USS Monitor’s successful service during the Battle of Hampton Roads proved this new style of warship as the design that could help  preserve the Union. John Ericsson and others endeavored to make bigger and stronger monitors. These ships never proved to be seaworthy and were underpowered with limited firepower.  Nevertheless, iron fever struck the nation, and there was a rush to build more armorclads. Many would aid in the Union’s victory; yet, all were virtually worthless when the war ended.

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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