From the May 15, 2022, Chesapeake Bay Magazine "Deep Dive: Shipwreck of ironclad USS Monitor gets high-tech exploration."
Then turret of this famous ship was raised from the ocean floor and now is being carefully preserved at the Mariners Museum in Newport News. Most of the rest of the USS Monitor is still underwater. The turret was recovered after a 41-day recovery mission in 2002.
In addition to the Monitor, the area around it in the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary also contains other wrecks. The expedition's name, "Valor in the Atlantic," is the fact that a variety of wartime shipwrecks will be explored.
During World War II, attacks from German U-boats against Allied merchant vessels, a part of the famed Battle of the Atlantic during that war, resulted in a high concentration of World War II ships off the North Carolina coast. The project represents an ideal, opportunity to honor the history and sacrifice of Allied servicemen and members of the U.S. Merchant Marine who fought and died during the war.