John V. Quarstein
Director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
About the Lecture
The US Navy laid down 76 ironclads, commissioning 42 before May 1, 1865. Likewise, the Confederates planned 59 ironclads; only 24 made it into the water. All these armorclads were unseaworthy and useless to fight against modern and robust European ironclads. Many of these vessels were broken up or left to languish at various navy yards. Nevertheless, several ironclads were sold to nations like France, Haiti. Others were activated for the Spanish-American War. The last monitor, Amphitrite, was sold for scrap in 1952.
Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to John, and he will answer them following his talk.
Location: Explorers Theater
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Image credit: USS Amphitrite (BM-2) at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass., ca. 1890s. Courtesy Naval History and Heritage Command #H=NH 58949.