A Naval Architecture Analysis of the CSS Virginia
The Civil War Ironclad CSS Virginia had a short but notable career. In its trial by fire the ship inflicted a horrible defeat on the US Navy on the first day of Battle of Hampton Roads, and followed this up with an epic duel with the USS Monitor on March 9th, 1862. This first clash of ironclads conclusively ended the age of the wooden warship and ushered in a new era in ship design, a knee in the curve between the Napoleonic Ship of the Line and the Dreadnaughts of the early 20th Century.
Nick Marickovich’s presentation, “A Naval Architecture Analysis of the CSS Virginia”, presents the results of an analysis made on this historic vessel using modern engineering tools and methods. The purpose of the analysis was to learn more about the CSS Virginia by analyzing its naval architecture and seakeeping characteristics. This allowed for an assessment of various possibilities that may have been open to the Virginia as Union Forces strengthened their grip on the region during the Peninsula Campaign. In addition to the analysis methods and results, a thumbnail sketch of the history of the Virginia and the development of Ironclads in general will also be included.
Nick Marickovich grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech where he graduated with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering in 2005. After taking time off to hike the Appalachian Trail in late 2005, Nick started working as a structural engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) in 2006. Since 2008 he has been a naval architect at NNS and has worked with submarine stability, logistical transportation projects, naval architecture tests, and has provided engineering support for numerous docking and undockings of carriers, submarines, and other vessels. Nick earned an M.S. Degree in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016, and currently resides in Yorktown with his wife Trish and two daughters, Elizabeth and Rosalyn.