Civil War Lecture Series at The Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News, VA

Civil War Lecture Series at The Mariners' Museum

The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Free with Museum Admission: $Free

Civil War Lecture Series: "Ramming Speed: The Rise & Fall of the Ram as a Naval Weapon"

Presented by Historian John V. Quarstein. The advent of ship-mounted artillery, as proven during the 7 October, 1571 battle of Lepanto, proved the power of musket and cannon over ram and crossbow. It was Confederate Secretary of the Navy, Stephen Russell Mallory, who recognized that, if you built a shot-proof warship, it would be capable of ramming enemy ships without fear of destruction. Consequently, rams became a feature in every Confederate warship and influenced ship design until the introduction of the HMS Dreadnought in 1906 which featured long range heavy (10-inch) guns.