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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, VA

National Ocean Service

Overview

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was designated the nation's first national marine sanctuary on January 30, 1975. The site was the wreck of the USS Monitor, a Civil War vessel that lies off the coast of North Carolina. The Monitor was the prototype for a class of U.S. Civil War ironclad, turreted warships that significantly altered both naval technology and marine architecture in the nineteenth century. Designed by the Swedish engineer John Ericsson, the vessel contained all of the emerging innovations that revolutionized warfare at sea. The Monitor was constructed in a mere 110 days.

Recreational Activities:

  • HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE
  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • VISITOR CENTER

Address:

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
100 Museum Drive
Newport News,VA,23606
Phone: (757) 599-3122
Email: monitor@noaa.gov

Directions:

16 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

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