John Luke Porter

John Luke Porter (HMOOS)

Location: Portsmouth, VA 23704
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 50.317', W 76° 18.467'

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Wooden ships became helpless shortly before noon on March 8, 1862 when the CSS Virginia, the world's first steam-driven iron-clad vessel to be used in warfare, floated out to do battle against them. The next day the Northern ship USS Monitor arrived for the record-setting "Battle of the Iron-clads" which was fought to a draw.

The inventor of the CSS Virginia, Confederate Naval Constructor John Luke Porter had originally come up with an iron-clad design in the late 1840's but had been turned down. Then the war began in 1861, and Porter found that Stephen R. Mallory, confederate Naval Secretary, was receptive to his old brain-child.To save time and money, the frame for the CSS Virginia was made from the partially burned frigate Merrimack, one of the vessels damaged during the destruction of the Navy Yard by the Federal Authorities when they had departed in 1861.

Porter became the Chief Naval Constructor in the Confederate States Navy and served in that position until the end of the war. He designed most of the iron-clads built in the south, as well as several seagoing iron-clads which the Confederate government had contracted to have built in England and France but which were stopped by those governments.
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series
Placed ByStonewall Camp # 380, SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans)
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 4:33am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 383390 N 4077767
Decimal Degrees36.83861667, -76.30778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.317', W 76° 18.467'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 19.02" N, 76° 18' 28.02" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305 Fort Ln, Portsmouth VA 23704, US
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