Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

USS Monitor Turret Out of the Water-- Part 1

From the July 27, 2015, Virginia Pilot " USS Monitor gun turret from Civil War on display through next week" by Katherine Hafner.

The turret is a ruddied brown showing its 150+ years of existence.  On Monday, the tank it has been in for preservation was drained for the first time in three years allowing for a rare, close-up look at this revolutionary technology.

Sprinklers are being used to damped the 120-ton wrought iron turret beginning Tuesday to prevent rust from forming.

Historian John Quarstein describes it as being revolutionary and has written three books about Civil War ironclads.  It sank in December 1862 and was found in 1973.  Some 200 tons of artifacts, including the  turret have been removed from the wreck since then along with two human remains.

Would Have Sure Liked to Have Seen It.  --Old B-Runner

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