monitor turret to be raised
The NOAA and the U.S. Navy are planning a six-week effort to recover the USS Monitor's innovative revolving gun turret and two 11-inch Dahlgren cannons. The famed Civil War ironclad, best known for its battle with the Confederate ironclad Virginia in Hampton Roads, Va., on March 9, 1862, was lost at sea on Dec. 31 of that year.
Since the wreck's discovery in 1974, parts of the ship have already been recovered, and a museum in Newport News, Virginia, houses more than 100 artifacts from the famed ironclad.
Although the Virginia (often called the Merrimac after the Union ship whose scuttled hull became the Confederate ironclad's casemate) had destroyed two heavy wooden-hulled warships the day before, the Monitor fought the Confederate ship to a standstill and protected a disabled Union ship from destruction. The clash of ironclads heralded the era of modern naval warfare.