120-ton Wrought Iron Beauty

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USS Monitor‘s revolving gun turret, July 27, 2015, as viewed from a work platform inside the conservation lab. Image courtesy of Jonathon Gruenke, Daily Press

Good morning to all our readers. We’ve been very busy in the Batten Conservation Complex inside the USS Monitor Center over the past few weeks preparing to drain USS Monitor‘s 90,000-gallon revolving gun turret treatment tank for assessment.

Well guess what? The tank is now drained and Monitor‘s gun turret is visible in the open air for the first time in over three years. The excitement in the lab is palpable, and we have an ambitious two-week (July 27 – August 7) work window within the lab.   Read more

Remembering USS Monitor, Her Designer, and Their Arch Rival

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In October of 1862, USS Monitor was at the Washington Navy Yard for some maintenance and repairs. A commemorative inscription was stamped onto the breech of both of Monitor‘s XI-Inch Dahlgren shell guns at this time to celebrate the Battle of Hampton Roads by recognizing the important men and vessels that participated in the conflict.

The port Dahlgren was inscribed: “WORDEN. MONITOR & MERRIMAC.”   Read more

USS Monitor Turret Mosaics in Civil War Times

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Our good friend Dr. Francis DuCoin has been busy!  Check out his new hi-def photo mosaics of the exterior and interior of USS Monitor‘s gun turret in the latest issue of Civil War Times. 

Additionally, he wrote a brief update on the slow but steady progress being made by conservators in the lab to stabilize the 120-ton wrought iron turret.    Read more

USS Monitor Gun Turret Experience on December 30, 2012

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150 years ago, these men served aboard the ironclad USS Monitor.

10 years ago, NOAA and the U.S. Navy recovered Monitor‘s revolving gun turret and transported it to The Mariners’ Museum for conservation and exhibit.   Read more