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Float on….

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me to find out that I’ve amassed quite the collection of Monitor related material. Much of it I have donated to the Museum, but some of it the Collections Committee just looks at, shakes their heads, and then says “if we need it, we know where you live.” So […]

Upon visiting the John Ericsson National Memorial

I made a brief visit to the John Ericsson National Memorial in Washington, DC recently.  If you haven’t been, I’ll warn you that it’s not the easiest memorial to visit as it sits in the median in West Potomac Park, near where  Independence Avenue, 23rd Street, and Ohio Drive, SW all come together.  Yes – it’s right […]

An ironclad blast from the past…

I remember it like it was yesterday. I had visited the D/B Wotan a few days earlier, but was back to the mundane tasks of budgets, meetings, and suchlike. The lift had been scheduled for the day before but weather had caused the lift to be postponed. I felt as though I was in a […]

” A startling knell from Hatteras’ shore….”

Having spent a glorious few hours now researching the public response to the sinking of the Monitor, I chanced upon this little gem. Enjoy! From the Boston Daily Advertiser, Saturday, February 14, 1863 – Issue 53, page 2, column F [For the Boston Daily Advertiser.] The Monitor. I. Hail and farewell, O, Monitor! A startling […]

‘The spectral blue lights rose in vain…’

The January 24, 1863 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper carries the story of the Monitor‘s sinking on the front page. But buried within the issue was also the following poem. What I find interesting is that part two deals with the search that ensued after the sinking. There is no author listed – likely […]

Christmas in wartime

In the December 26, 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly, the following wish appeared. MERRY CHRISTMAS. Ought it not to be a merry Christmas? Even with all the sorrow that hangs, and will forever hang, over so many households; even while the war still rages; even while there are serious ques- tions yet to be settled—ought […]

Monitor Crewman Lives the Dream!

On March 9, 1916, page 4 of the Bisbee Daily Review of Bisbee Arizona carried the following article. The Mariners’ Museum’s Library and Archives has a photocopy of a letter from John Driscoll which mentions this event, but I had not been able to spend time finding more information about it. Thank you interwebs and […]

To boldly go……

Well! This week began with an impressive new vessel being launched by the US Navy.  The USS Zumwalt, named for Admiral (and the Navy’s 19th, and youngest CNO) Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr. (who passed away in 2000) is an impressive – and strange looking beastie. My first thought was……ironclad! Or rather, a modern take on an […]

Chocolate-Cream Generals…..

From the William & Mary Quarterly, July, 1915, Volume 24, Issue 1 – so writes Robert L. Preston on page 66: As fifty years have passed since that eventful combat, let us relegate to the rubbish heap all such tales as that the Monitor drove the Merrimac back to Norfolk, never to come out again. Burn up the histories, if […]

…the whole land resounds with ERICSSON!

From time to time we come across new…old poetry about the Monitor and Virginia.  Today, we found this. The entire poem is extremely long and deals with all of the events of 1862. But the piece about the Battle of Hampton Roads was particularly nice:   Excerpt from New Year’s Address of the Carriers of the Providence […]