On August 5, 2002, experts from NOAA, the United States Navy, and The Mariners’ Museum achieved something many people thought was impossible — the recovery of USS Monitor‘s 120-ton revolving gun turret from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
Although 12 years isn’t a milestone anniversary, the recovery is still an epic achievement that should be noted and celebrated. Even the History Channel joined us today in recognizing this major feat of underwater archaeology:
Here are a few additional images of this wrought iron beauty:
Happy Turret 12th to The Mariners’ Museum, NOAA, U.S. Navy, and everybody involved with the recovery!