JANAUARY 30TH, 1862: The USS Monitor, the United State's first sea-going ironclad vessel, was launched at Greenpoint, New York.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy Fox wired John Ericsson, referring to the Monitor's launching: "I congratulate you and trust she will be a success. Hurry her for sea, as the Merrimack is nearly ready at Norfolk, and we wish to wend her here."
Somewhat of a Success. Naval Architecture Would Never Be the Same Again. --Old B-Runner