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USS Fulton I & II

Friday, December 8, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

In Person | Virtual

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John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center

About the Lecture

The famous inventor Robert Fulton built the first steam-powered, shot-proof warship, USS DEMOLOGOS, for the US Navy in October 1814. The ship was re-named USS Fulton after the death of its inventor. This center wheel paddler later burned. Captain Matthew Calbraith Perry, the father of the steam navy, launched USS Fulton II on May 18, 1839. The development of marine steam engines enabled the construction of Civil War-era ironclads.

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.

Contact Us

For additional assistance, questions, or support:

Guest Relations
[email protected]
(757) 596-2222

Image credit: Robert Fulton, 1806. Benjamin West, artist. Public domain.

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