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Stevens’s Battery

Friday, October 20, 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

America’s first efforts to build an ironclad occurred in 1842 when Congress appropriated $250,000 to Robert Stevens of Hoboken, New Jersey, to construct an armor-cladded warship. After almost $2 million in expenditures, Stevens’s Battery was never finished due to technological and design changes as well as increased costs. Stevens did produce a smaller version known as USRMS Naugatuck. This ironclad fought with USS Monitor during the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff on May 15, 1862, and then decommissioned.

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 Naugatuck operating in Hampton Roads, VA. Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command, NH 58871.

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