John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
Laird was a shipyard in Birkenhead, England, which attempted to construct two ironclad rams for the Confederacy. The subterfuge used to try to create these powerful warships despite the rules of the British Foreign Enlistment Act is an intriguing story of secret agents and political power. Had the Confederacy received these ships in North American waters, no monitor or any other Union ship could have stopped these rams from breaking the blockade of the Southern coastline.
Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk.
Location: Explorers Theater
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.
Free for Museum Members.
Included in $1 admission
This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online.
Image credit: HMS Wivern, British Turret Ironclad, 1865. Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 52526
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