Worthington Pump Update

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We just received some interesting information from our intrepid volunteer Gerry. He has been researching our Worthingtons and recently had a discussion with somebody he considers the foremost expert on steam pumps. He confirmed that Monitor‘s Worthington pumps are believed to be the oldest examples of Worthington manufacture. Further, they are probably the oldest direct-acting reciprocating steam pumps in existence! If you have any information that proves us wrong, please contact us — we’d love to hear from you.

Sandwiches

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Do you like a good sandwich? So do I. Head on over to Schooners in Newport News (12368 Warwick Blvd. CNU Village across from Christopher Newport University) and request “The Monitor”. This huge and tasty sandwich is piled high with corned beef, horseradish, fried pickles, melted cheese, and topped with a stack of onion rings that look just like the turret. Order one today!

Things Are Heating Up Around Here!

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Conservators recently removed the friction brake wheel assembly from each gun carriage. The large brass handwheels were “flame deconcreted” with an oxy-acetylene torch. This technique worked very well in conjunction with pneumatic deconcretion and helped conservators remove fine layers of concretion from the surface of the carriage brake wheel. Have a look.

The Mariners’ Museum Wins Keck Award

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The Mariners’ Museum recently received the prestigious Keck Award from The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) for the museum’s Monitor conservation efforts. The Keck Award is given to “…the individual or group who has in the opinion of the Council contributed most towards promoting public understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments of the conservation profession.”
Give a round of applause to the museum’s conservators and NOAA personnel for making the Monitor Project a success.

Follow this link to the IIC website: http://www.iiconservation.org/about/keck_award.php#2006

New Conservation Laboratory

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Welcome to the Batten Conservation Laboratory Complex at The Mariners’ Museum. The first picture shows our upstairs conservation facility equipped with fume extraction hoods and other fun gadgets. The second shot shows the wet laboratory which houses large artifacts from the USS Monitor including the gun turret, engine, condenser, Dahlgren guns, and carriages.