Turret Time

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Conservators are back in the turret tank! Come visit The Mariners’ Museum to see conservators removing concreted sediment and molding/casting archaeological features inside Monitor’s gun turret. The tank will be drained Monday – Friday from May – July. Stop by for an amazing view of this historic piece of naval history.

Birds-eye view of conservarors in the turret tank.

Surprise Inscription

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Erin continues to work on the previously mentioned brass valve, and she recently uncovered an interesting inscription. It says ‘Jas Gregory, 114 Cannon St, NY.’ Cannon Street is located in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, across the water from the Brooklyn shipyards. In 1893 the New York Times mentioned a fire resulting in injuries in a shop owned by a Mr. James Gregory at 106 Cannon Street. Mr. Gregory’s metal shop foreclosed in 1897. Take a look at the pics!

Image of valve with red arrow indicating location of inscription

Worthington Pump Update

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We just received some interesting information from our intrepid volunteer Gerry. He has been researching our Worthingtons and recently had a discussion with somebody he considers the foremost expert on steam pumps. He confirmed that Monitor‘s Worthington pumps are believed to be the oldest examples of Worthington manufacture. Further, they are probably the oldest direct-acting reciprocating steam pumps in existence! If you have any information that proves us wrong, please contact us — we’d love to hear from you.


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Do you like a good sandwich? So do I. Head on over to Schooners in Newport News (12368 Warwick Blvd. CNU Village across from Christopher Newport University) and request “The Monitor”. This huge and tasty sandwich is piled high with corned beef, horseradish, fried pickles, melted cheese, and topped with a stack of onion rings that look just like the turret. Order one today!

Things Are Heating Up Around Here!

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Conservators recently removed the friction brake wheel assembly from each gun carriage. The large brass handwheels were “flame deconcreted” with an oxy-acetylene torch. This technique worked very well in conjunction with pneumatic deconcretion and helped conservators remove fine layers of concretion from the surface of the carriage brake wheel. Have a look.