The Civil War Origins of the Victorian Navy's Greatest Tragedy

Presentation by Dr Howard Fuller


The 22 January 2022 meeting is now available on YouTube at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTH3NXFKXT8&t=3s

From the Trent Affair of 1861 to the Alabama Claims of 1871, the United States posed a powerful new threat to the British Royal Navy both during and after the Civil War. In this talk Dr Howard Fuller looks into how the Civil War led to the tragic loss of 500 British lives when HMS Captain, a vessel directly inspired by the USS Monitor, was lost in an Atlantic storm in 1870.

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