USS Monitor Center

The Monitor Center - It's an ironclad must-see for naval history buff


The insides of the Monitor have been re-created in the center's galleries. Hawthorne, who was given a tour below decks, wrote that he was "surprised at the extent and convenience of her interior accommodations" and said it was like finding a palace under the sea. The officers had private cabins with built-in beds and drawers; the accommodations were lit by small portholes in the deck above. The Monitor boasted the first underwater head (marine toilet) known to history. And the engines that turned the turret and propelled the ship are also discussed and represented by recovered bits and miniature working models.

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Comment: The USS Monitor Center should be on the short list of must-sees for any Civil War buff!

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