Gun Turret from USS Monitor Sees the Light of Day After 140 Years
It ended in a draw, with neither ship suffering any significent damage.
The Monitor, as the result of a storm sank on New Year’s eve in 1862.
This wreck was found in 1973, but has only yielded up its gun turret in August 2002.
Rotating gun turret of USS Monitor.
Other ships needed to be be manoeuvered in order to bring their armament to bear on the opposition vessel.
Finding the Monitor.
When the vessel had sunk it had rolled over, and the immense gun turret weighing in at 160 tonnes had broken loose, falling to the sea bed, with the ship ending up on top of the turret.
Recovering the engine and propellor.
Collecting the turret.
On the evening of the 5th. of August 2002, US Navy divers hooked large steel cables onto the turret which was then slowly winched to the surface.
This Naval engineering masterpiece of its day was then lowered to a barge to be transported to Newport News Virginia.
In due time, and it may take years to remove the salt build up from its years of submersion, this turret will be on display at a new $30Million museum at Newport News.
Within the turret was found a near intact skeleton, which will receive full military honours when buried.
The ocean depths have once more been forced to part with yet another Naval artefact, this time an historic rotating gun turret that made Naval history in its fight with CSS Virginia on the 9th. of March 1862.