Meet (a few) Monitor Crew

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Monitor crew on deck, 9 July 1862

This post is taking a break from the ever-excellent conservation efforts to talk about another important facet of the Monitor Center’s job. Don’t get me wrong; we love the artifacts. Not only are they super cool, but they also connect us to the people who served on board the ship. When we recover a spoon, or a button, or even engine components; we are the first people handling and caring for these artifacts since 1862. We are stewards of the crewmember’s stories.

In honor of African American History Month, I want share the stories of the African Americans who served onboard Monitor.    Read more

3-D modeling the turret

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One of the many photos taken to photo-model the turret
One of the many photos taken to photo-model the turret

It is certainly awe-inspiring to be in the turret tank. Standing within inches of the massive iron object is almost surreal when you consider that it spent 140 years at the bottom of the ocean. Every bolt, dent, ding, and hole have a story to tell. But how do you study or share those stories when the artifact spends most of its time submerged in a treatment bath?

Over the past few weeks, we have been photographing every detail of the turret in hopes to make a 3-D photo-model of the object. In total, staff and volunteers took more than 1,600 photos of the turret to try to piece together models of the interior walls, exterior walls, interior ceiling, and bottom ring.   Read more