Presented by: Hannah Piner, Coordinator, USS Monitor Center & Foundation
At the turn of the 20th century, the US Navy made 10 “New Navy” Monitors. The first five were rebuilt from parts of Civil War Monitors, but were completely redesigned. These ships were slightly more sea-worthy than their predecessors, but were already outdated by the time of their manufacture. This was due, in large part, to their completion timelines which sometimes took more than 20 years. However, the Navy continued to use these ships until 1937. The USS Monitor, CSS Virginia, and other ironclads made a lasting impression on the US Navy that continues even today.