John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
John Mercer Brooke joined the US Navy as a midshipman in 1841. He graduated from the USNA in 1847. He worked at the US Naval Observatory with Mathew Fontaine Maury conducting several scientific experiments, including inventing a device for accurately mapping the deep seafloor. He joined the Confederate Navy in 1861 and played a critical role in transforming USS Merrimack into CSS Virginia. Brooke’s most valuable contribution was the design and production of the 7-inch and 6.4-inch Brooke rifles for the CS Navy. These guns were the finest naval rifled guns of the Civil War.
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.
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Image credit: Commander John M. Brooke, CSN. Line engraving, courtesy of US Naval Museum. Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 56257