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Monitor Log: 4 May 1862

Boatloads of visitors swarmed the Monitor on this day 150 years ago. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Gustavus Vasa Fox was aboard with several ladies, as well as the French Minister Mercier and Gideon Welles’ brother. Boat after boat of visiting Army officers came alongside throughout the day – leaving the officers and crew of […]

Monitor Log: 8 April 1862

Remarks Tuesday April 8th/62   From Midnight to 4 A.M.  Strong breeze from east with rain squalls                                                                                                                                           Louis N Stodder     From 4 to 8 A.M. Fresh gales from E.S.E. and heavy rain                                                                                                                                                          Geo. Frederickson     From 8 to Meridian Strong breezes from eastward with rain, Tug not working                                                                                                                                                    […]

…a severe monitor…

In 2001, US Navy divers and NOAA archaeologists recovered the USS Monitor‘s 20-ton steam engine. Attached to the face of the engine was this brass gauge. It is the engine register, and it consists of a round metal container which houses six numbered brass wheels that would rotate as the propeller shaft turned. The numbered […]