These are some detailed photos of copper and copper alloy artifacts recovered from USS Monitor‘s engine room in 2001. We are currently mitigating the effects of corrosion. We continue to marvel at the amazing level of craftsmanship and detail that went into each object. These humble, industrial artifacts are works of art.
On Friday, April 11, Dr. Ian MacLeod will be giving a presentation titled “Silent Steam” the SS Xantho Engine Turns Heads After 25 Years” at 1:30pm in Monitor Center Classroom A at The Mariners’ Museum. Dr. MacLeod is the Executive Director of the Western Australian Museum, and he is a pioneering conservation scientist and underwater explorer. He is also known for conserving a massive steam engine from the wreck of the SS Xantho, which sank off Port Gregory, Western Australia. The Xantho operated in the Atlantic and Pacific from the 1840s – 1870s and had an engine similar in design to the engine aboard USS Monitor. Known for his unique and energetic lecture style, Dr. MacLeod will provide us with the inside story of this amazing project in Australia. Ian has been influential to an entire generation of marine conservators and is part of the USS Monitor Conservation Advisory Committee at The Mariners’ Museum. This lecture is open to the public with paid admission and free for Museum members. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please join us for this rare opportunity to learn from an international icon of maritime conservation.