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Going to Pieces over Conservation: Treatment of USS Monitor’s Gun Carriages

November 2, 2019

Presented by Elsa Sangouard, Senior Conservator, USS Monitor Center

Lecture begins at 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Join Elsa Sangouard, a senior conservator in the USS Monitor Center, for a behind-the-scenes view into what it takes to conserve the US Navy’s first ironclad warship! Conserving large composite artifacts (made of different materials) is a multiyear process that requires a wide range of expertise from welders to analytical chemists. The port gun carriage is the largest of USS Monitor’s composite artifacts to be fully conserved to date.

This lecture presents an overview of the conservation treatment process for the port gun carriage and describes disassembly challenges, innovation developed, and lessons learned. In the near future, the results of this work will be applied during the conservation of the starboard gun carriage.


This is a lecture series presented by The Mariners’ Museum and Park staff.
Go behind the scenes of the Museum and explore our collection while learning about the work the staff does.
Read more about our Maritime Connections lectures here…


November 2, 2019


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222