Fort Fisher

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 30, 1862: USS Monitor Launched

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

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