Men on deck of the USS Monitor

Submerged NC: USS Monitor – America's Most Historic Ironclad


This lecture was recorded. 

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Presenter: Shannon Ricles, Education and Outreach Coordinator, NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

Join Shannon Ricles to learn how the USS Monitor was key to keeping the Union's blockade in place and thus saving the Union. Learn about the ship’s inventor and its construction in just 98 days! Explore the role the ship played during and after the Battle of Hampton Roads, and discover how it sank. Relive its discovery and how it became our nation’s first national marine sanctuary. Dive into the recovery and conservation of several iconic Monitor artifacts. Look into the recreated faces of two Monitor sailors whose remains were discovered inside the turret and understand the science of the recreation. See the dramatic images and hear the story of their internment at Arlington National Cemetery.

During this webinar, 1) learn about primary source documents related to the Monitor and how to access and use them; 2) explore additional free Monitor resources; and 3) learn other NOAA resources and programs.

This Office of National Marine Sanctuaries webinar is presented by NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology in a series titled “Submerged NC."