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Battle of Hampton Roads Series: The Development of European Ironclads

March 6 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

Erika Cosme

Erika Cosme


Presented by Erika Cosme, content and interpretation developer

Follow along with Erika Cosme, content and interpretation developer at The Mariners’ Museum, as she takes you through the reasons and significance of ironclads and the technological impact they had on navies around the world.

About the presentation: USS Monitor and CSS Virginia may be revolutionary ships. Neither was the first ironclad constructed, nor was the United States the first country to consider such a vessel. The concept of an ironclad ship dates back centuries before, and many were built and saw action before the culminating event called Battle of Hampton Roads. Beginning with the earliest notion of an ironclad and moving into the mid-19th century, this program will introduce why they were created, how they evolved, and their impact on naval advancement worldwide.


The Development of European Ironclads
March 6 • 10 a.m. (EST)

Viewers are welcome to send comments or questions to Erika, and she will answer following the presentation.

In observance of the Battle of Hampton Roads’ upcoming 159th anniversary, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will offer virtual programming on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 to commemorate the famous Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. Check out our complete listing of the programs offered.



Pre-registration for this program is required.
For more information, contact: [email protected].

Can’t make the virtual program live?
No problem! Many of our programs are uploaded to our YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.


March 6
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222