Does anyone know about the status of the recovery of the U.S.S. Monitor's gun turret? Last year, the engine was recovered. This ship is being brought up in pieces. I expect it will eventually be re-assembled in a museum.
I saw on one website that the Navy planned to bring up the turret this year. Last year, they raised the engine -- and before that, the propellor. It's a very dangerous dive, because of the bottom currents. Why don't you check with one of your Navy friends and see if any of them know what's afoot?
I might do a Google.com search when I have the chance. I'm not what you would call a "hooked up guy" in Navy circles. I know that Navy divers have been working there for several years.
I had a chance to tour the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk back in '98 to'99 when I was stationed on the USS George Washington, and one of the exhibits they had were the fragments of armour salvaged from the CSS Virginia. Sure would be nice to see that added to.
here is somthing that puzzles me- I dont think the Navy has any marine archaeology specialty- so where do the divers come from? The Navy webpage lists divers as just being SEALS, but that doesnt seem right..
Also, is NOAA affiliated with the Navy? They seem to have a Navy like officer hierarchy. Or are they more of a merchant marine outfit, or purely civilian? Mabey a branch of the Coast Guard?
"Do you suppose they intend to recover all of the hull? Though crumbled, im sure with some conservation and some bubblegum, it could be pieced togeter again."
I highly doubt they'll attempt to raise the hull, and I believe they mentioned their decision not to salvage it. It's in lousy shape, even worse than Titanic's stern section. All a diver has to do is put his/her hand on a frame, and it crumbles.
Michael. THANK YOU FOR THE LINKS. Robert has been panic striken because they have not had any updates lately on the NOAA Site. It has become such news that it has been heard on radio stations and news print all over California. I will pass it on so he can watch the progress closer.
An interesting project there. Looks to me like they're using some modern day construction techniques including the use of modular sections and welding.
The funny thing is that I've seen the place where the Monitor slugged it out with the Virginia. You can see it from the carrier piers at the Norfolk Naval Base. In military terms, the engagement was tactically a draw and rates as a minor skirmish in a very long war. However, it was a cusp event as it was in this engagement that the days of the wooden man 'o war came to an end when it was shown that even the least of the ironclads could trash the mightiest of the wooden battleships with a few shots.