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New Navy Monitors

Friday, September 29, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

In Person | Virtual

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John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

The US Navy relied on Civil War-era ships until the 1880s. The Virginius Affair made the Navy realize that it needed to modernize. With little financial support from Congress, several monitors were re-built using new design concepts and construction methods. Several new classes of monitors — the New Navy monitors — were constructed in the 1890s. Even though they were used into the 20th century, they had poor seakeeping qualities and could only be used for coastal defense. As the age of the Dreadnought dawned, these New Navy monitors were a complete waste of money.

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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Image credit: USS Terror (BM-4). Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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