Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, VA

National Ocean Service

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 ...[more]

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In 2002, U.S. Navy divers prepared the turret for lift. As the turret was excavated, the remains of two sailors were found inside.

Monitor Collection, NOAA

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NOAA diver on the wreck site of the USS Monitor

Monitor Collection, NOAA

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Historic image of the USS Monitor crew taken July 9, 1862, while the ship was docked on the James River in Virginia. The Monitor, a Civil War ironclad, is famous for fighting the CSS Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Road and for changing naval warfare forever.

Library of Congress

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The remains of two Monitor sailors found inside the turret in 2002 were buried at Arlington National Cemetery on March 8, 2013.

Matt McIntosh, NOAA

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The Monitor's turret breaks the surface of the water for the first time in 140 years.

Monitor Collection, NOAA

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A full-sized replica of the USS Monitor can be seen at the The Mariners' Museum, the official visitor center for Monitor NMS, in Newport News, Virginia.

The Mariners' Museum

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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary


Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone:(757) 599-3122


16 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

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