NOAA, U.S. NAVY TO
RAISE ENGINE OF CIVIL WAR IRONCLAD USS MONITOR FROM OCEAN
After 140 years, 27 U.S. presidents and
two world wars, the 30-ton steam engine of the Civil War ironclad
USS Monitor will be raised this summer from the ocean
floor off Cape Hatteras, N.C., and preserved for generations
to come. The Commerce Department's
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
National Marine Sanctuary, the U.S.
Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command and The
Mariners' Museum, located in Newport News, Va., are working
together to save this piece of American and naval history. The
Monitor 2001 Expedition continues efforts to implement a
long-range preservation plan for this rapidly deteriorating warship.
The Monitor, a national historic landmark, is considered to be
one of the world's most significant shipwreck sites.
Daily from June 25 29 and July 9
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
Members of the media are invited to observe
the recovery efforts from
June 25 29 and July 9 30. A shuttle boat will travel
daily from Hatteras to the 300-foot long derrick barge anchored
over the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA sanctuary staff,
U.S. Navy personnel and Mariners'
Museum representatives will be available for interviews and photos.
In addition, video images and photographs will be made available
throughout the operation.
Further Information on NOAA and the Monitor
2001 Expedition is available at http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov