The ironclad, USS MONITOR, was known as the “little ship that saved the nation” due to its drawn battle with the CSS VIRGINIA during the 8-9 March 1862 battle of Hampton Roads. On Christmas Eve 1862, the MONITOR received orders to proceed to Beaufort, North Carolina, to join a planned operation against Wilmington, NC. Executive Officer Samuel Dana Greene said the MONITOR was not a “sea-going vessel” as the ironclad almost sank twice during its voyage from New York to Virginia. The MONITOR left Hampton Roads in clear weather on 29 December; but, encountered a heavy gale the next afternoon. The ironclad was overwhelmed by heavy seas and sank in the early morning of 31 December 1862. As crew member Frank Butts noted, ‘The MONITOR is no more!’

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Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 12 noon (via webinar)

Dr. John Quarstein, Emeritus Director of the Monitor Project at the Newport News Maritime Museum and Park

The Last Days of The Monitor

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January 23, 2021
Dr. Zachary Gilmore, professor at Rollins College, “Great Gathering Places! Pre-Columbian Ritual and Social Integration at Florida Shell Mounds.”

February 20, 2021
Dr. Sarah Clayton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The End of Teotihuacan: Perspectives on Collapse and Regeneration from Beyond the Ancient Metropolis.”

March 20, 2021 
Lisa Duffy, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Florida, will present the results of her fascinating research into pottery residues. “Using Residue Analysis to Explore Ancient Maya Recipes and Food-Processing Technology.”

April 17, 2021
Dr. William Murray, professor at the University of South Florida, will discuss his research into Roman battle rams. 

May 15, 2021
Dr. James P. Delgado, Senior Vice President of SEARCH, INC., will present a lecture about the recent recovery of the Clotilda, the last ship to bring slaves into  the United States.
Its location has long been the subject of great interest to  archaeologists.