John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
New technologies enabled the development of armored warships. The naval race between France and Great Britain prompted the rapid evolution of ship designs to counter new uses of propulsion, gun platform layout, and hull design, including the ironclads HMS Warrior, Captain, and Devastation. These advances set the stage for the development of dreadnoughts in the 20th century.
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Turret ship HMS Captain, ca. 1870. Royal Museums Greenwich. Public domain.