Metal 2010 Conference


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Conservators from the Monitor Project participated in the ICOM-CC Metal 2010 Conference in Charleston, SC in October.  Dave and Eric presented a lecture titled “Disassembly of USS Monitor‘s Complex Mechanical Components”.  The lecture focused on the theory, methods, and techniques utilized to disassemble certain artifacts in support of more thorough treatment as well as certain limitations of disassembly.  Elsa, Eric, and Ralph also presented a research poster titled “Evaluation of Sodium Nitrite as a Corrosion Inhibitor for USS Monitor Artifacts”.  The poster discussed the preliminary results of ongoing research related to the use of sodium nitrite as a neutral pH corrosion inhibitor.  We also visited the H.L. Hunley conservation facility in North Charleston and saw the Confederate submarine soaking in a tank of solution.   It is an interesting conservation project.

Here are a few low-res pics from my cell phone of beautiful, historic Charleston.

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  1. Sounds like it was a productive trip. When you get back there again look for the book Charleston Then and Now, or I can lend you my copy. It has amazing Civil War and post-war photos matched with modern photos taken from the exact same spot. Remember the photo of the abandoned “David” sitting in the mud? The house in the background is still there, but you should see the place today.
    Also, some day someone should give a lecture on the conservation center’s ability to use your secret means to get impossible things done . . . Gary!

    1. Duke,
      I’ll definitlely need to check out that book. I love historic images with their modern counterparts. Amazing that certain things from times long ago still remain today. As for Gary, he is our secret (not secret anymore) weapon!