Divers Plan Survey Of Civil War Ironclad Off Coast

Divers plan to survey the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor off the North Carolina coast this week with high-definition cameras to look for deterioration in the nearly 150-year-old underwater wreckage.

Jeff Johnston of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary said Monday the expedition hopes for good weather to allow maximum dives into the 230-foot-deep waters some 16 miles off Cape Hatteras.

Divers ran into tricky currents Sunday and couldn't launch a robotic sub to survey the wreckage.

The dive is under the umbrella of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, but includes private divers and a team from Rutgers University.

The Monitor is considered the precursor of the modern Navy because of its armor and revolving turret. It sank while being towed to Beaufort in 1862.

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  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM
    Interesting. I enjoy maritime history. With the America at ever-increasing budget deficits, is it logical to spend federal money on raising a piece of twisted metal? One could only hope that this is privately funded. Isn't building schools and hiring qualified teachers more important? This isn't change you can believe in.
  • by harley Location: washington on Jun 22, 2009 at 09:54 AM
    this should be raised for public viewing, maybe a museum?

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