Laura and I started cleaning the coat found in the turret during excavations. A special tank had to be built to flatten the coat to make the cleaning process more efficient. The artifact now lies on a plastic mesh allowing the dirt to fall directly in the bottom of the tank.
Gary is currently making a support which will allow us to turn the gun carriages right side up. We will soon be cleaning them on the deconcretion pad!!
We’ve placed a new anode for the impressed current system to improve the corrosion protection of the Monitor’s turret. This anode is suspended within the turret to protect the interior metal surfaces.
The turret is made of eight layers of 1-inch thick wrought iron plate. You can see each of the layers in the photo below.
Elsa and Laura are treating fragments of a wool coat recovered from the turret. The coat would be similar to a 4-button pilot coat, and was made of dark blue felted wool.
Below, Elsa is pointing out a button hole and a pocket opening in the coat. Even after 140 years on the sea-floor, some of the stitching survives!