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Monitor Log: 10 May 1862

Remarks Saturday May 10th/62   Midnight to 4 A.M Fine easterly breeze and clear.  Lights moving off Willoughby point                                                                                                                                    Louis Stodder     From 4 to 8 AM Weather fine & pleasant with gentle breeze from the westward                                                                                                                                            Geo. Frederickson     From 8 to Meridian Wind strong & westward, weather fair                                                                                                                                                          […]

Monitor Log: 24 April 1862

On this day, the Monitor was joined in Hampton Roads by another ironclad – the USS Galena. You might say they were cousins, since the Galena was championed by Cornelius Bushnell and built with iron supplied by John Winslow and John Griswold. In fact, many of the documents relating to the Monitor‘s construction contain material relating […]

Monitor Log: 22 April 1862

Remarks  Tuesday April 22nd/62   From Midnight to 4 AM Fresh breezes from S.W. & fine clear weather                        William Flye     From 4 to 8 AM Wind & weather same                                                             E.V. Gager         From 8 to Meridian Wind west & clear Baltimore boat not arrived, deserter from Norfolk came on board […]

Monitor Log: 29 March 1862

Remarks  Saturday March 29th/62   From Midnight to 4 A.M  Fresh breezes from east & clear weather ship very uncomfortable from quantity of water swishing over her decks                                                                                                                                                         William Flye   From 4 to 8 AM wind east 5 AM cloudy weather & AM workmen came off to work on Pilothouse                                                                                                                                                                                     E.V.Gager   From 8 to […]

submarine diving….1861 style

On May 30, 1861, Barnabas and Joseph Baker of the B & J Baker Co. of 3 Campbell’s Wharf, in Norfolk, VA, raised the burned-out hull of the Merrimack from the Elizabeth River.  Barnabas, who lived in Portsmouth, and Joseph, who lived in Berkeley, along with their partner E.M. Stoddard of Portsmouth prided themselves on […]