John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
Sailors hailing from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, the Old Dominion, and across the US manned the ironclad Monitor. Berthing in the uncomfortable, crowded vessel brought out ancient animosities and language barriers, often leading to discord, fighting, and drunkenness. While the crew worked well together when in battle, sparks would sometimes fly when off duty and on liberty.
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: USS Monitor crew relaxing on deck. The Mariners’ Museum and Park MS0016-02-004-041.