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Join us for a virtual lecture with author and historian John V. Quarstein when he presents on a commander who saved a single-turreted Passaic-class monitor in the Union Navy during the American Civil War from sinking.
About this presentation:
Once Commander John Lorimer Worden had recovered from wounds received during the Battle of Hampton Roads, he was detailed to command the Passaic-class monitor USS Montauk. The Montauk survived the same storm that sank the ironclad USS Monitor. Worden and his ship arrived in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina. Admiral Du Pont ordered Worden to bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia. This mission was to test the striking power of XV- inch Dahlgren guns against earthworks, as well as to understand these new ironclads’ shot-proof abilities. On February 28, 1863, Worden was able to destroy the former commerce raider CSS Nashville (Rattlesnake). However, while heading back down the Ogeechee River, Montauk struck a torpedo. Only Worden’s quick actions saved the ship from sinking.